Summer’s here (apparently), and you may be looking at your food pot wondering what it’s good for during the next few hot months. Our food pots are fully insulated which means they’re designed to keep your food hot but it works the other way, keeping cold food cool, too. If you’re lacking inspiration because you’re used to using your food pot to store delicious lunches like soup, stews, and casseroles, then we’re here to give you some cool ideas for summer.
Refreshing fruit salads
If you’re thinking of something sweet but want to cut down on the high fat and sugar-loaded goodies like doughnuts, cakes, and biscuits, then why not switch to something healthier like a fruit salad.
A fruit salad might sound old fashioned, but they’re great for sealing hunger, taste delicious and will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Simply, pick fruits you love, chop them up into mouth-watering bitesize pieces, throw over some lemon or orange juice to preserve the fruit and top going brown and pop into your Clim8 food pot before you leave! If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you could whip up a tasty dressing made of lime zest, lime juice and honey for an extra bit of sweetness.
Energy-boosting pasta salads
If you fancy something cold that’ll settle your hunger and keep you full until dinner time, why not try a pasta salad? Cold pasta salads are a refreshing addition to you summer lunch and, you can even make a large salad for the family dinner and make a little extra to pop in your food pot for lunch the next day.
Pasta salads can be creamy but they’re also a great way to pack in the seasonal garden veg and work towards getting your 5-a-day. And if you’re worried about the carbs or the use of white pasta, switch to a wholemeal variety. Choose ingredients you enjoy and that complement each other well like tuna and sweetcorn or pesto and grilled chicken breast.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous then you could rustle up a poke bowl. Think of poke bowls like sushi but in a bowl (or your food pot) and there’s plenty more of it for you to enjoy. The concept is simple, use sticky rice for the base and top with colourful, fresh ingredients like grated carrot, pickled cabbage, sliced spring onion, sliced avocado and top with sushi-grade raw fish like salmon or tuna. Or if you’re vegan or vegetarian or don’t like the idea of eating raw fish you could use tofu.
Get familiar with falafel
Falafel originates from the Middle East and is made from chickpeas. They’re deep-fried balls or patties which are commonly served in pitta bread but they’re also great with salads and can make a filling lunch.
Falafel can be simple to make but if you don’t have the time, they’re available pre-prepared in most supermarkets. Try them with a kale salad
Try something new
If you’re bored with sandwiches, why not try something new? There are plenty of grains available to buy from your local supermarket which can make perfect bases for some cool salad recipes including couscous, quinoa, and bulgur wheat. These not only taste great but can be super healthy, too. For example, quinoa is high in fibre so is great for your digestive system but is also full of important nutrients like iron, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and antioxidants.
If you’re struggling with what to have for lunch, you’re bored with soggy sandwiches and you feel like your food pot may be redundant because you don’t want hot food at this time of the year, then take some inspiration from these cool ideas. Not only are these foods delicious and colourful but they’re full of nutrients too, that will keep you healthy and full up for longer!