When it’s hot, most people like to eat light. Low-carb makes that easy.
Lately, it’s been hot all over, including here in Michigan. Locally, our temperatures have been in the 90s all week; today’s high is predicted to be 98 degrees with a heat index of 110. If you live in Oklahoma or Texas, that may seem like a cool breeze to you, but up here, we aren’t accustomed to temps in the upper 90s.
After all, not only is Michigan a northern state, but it’s surrounded by the largest bodies of fresh water in the world — nature’s air-conditioning.
Right now, nature’s AC is broken. We may as well be living in the tropics.
For lunch, I wanted a dish that involved no cooking. I settled on what I’ll call “Simple Salmon Salad,” one of those creations that involves scrounging in the pantry and fridge for whatever ingredients are handy and appealing. I picked a six-ounce can of pink wild-caught salmon, three stalks of celery, a green onion, a half-dozen slices of portabella mushrooms, a hard-boiled egg, and mayonnaise.
The salad provides 384 calories, 28g fat, 6g total carbs, 3g fiber, and 45g protein. In addition, there is nearly 1000mg of highly beneficial omega-3s and significant amounts of calcium, potassium and vitamin-D.
An easy way to boost the calories, nutrition and fiber would be to sprinkle on some sunflower kernels. Another improvement would be to avoid using a commercial mayo, all of which seem to include cheap soy oil, and make my own mayo.
What better way to accompany a summer salad than with a tall glass of iced-tea?
Well, a tall glass of Sangria might be a better way, but the fruit and sweetener add too many carbohydrates. I’ve seen low-carb Sangria recipes (this one, for example) but haven’t tried any. I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners.
But a wine spritzer is a possibility: red wine, seltzer, a lime wedge and lots of ice.
Still, when it’s a hundred degrees in the shade, you’re best off avoiding alcohol. I don’t know why. It’s just something I’ve always heard, and being a responsible blogger, I’m passing it along, just in case.
Why not follow my wholesome example? I set one so seldom.
Stick with iced-tea or plain cold water, and enjoy a light summer salad!