3 easy foods to make you feel great this summer

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Fri 15 December 2017

7 mins

Summer is a time for yummy mangoes and huge salads. It feels more natural to eat lighter, healthier meals in the warmer months, and clinical naturopath and director of Studio YouEmma Sutherland, shares some guidance to make it easy as pie.

These are her three key items to make over and over again this season!

Green juice

Emma promises this is easier than you think! The key is to have all the ingredients ready to go in the fridge, and have your juicer or blender sitting on your bench at all times too. Make sure this tool is there and accessible for you!

When you’re making one, don’t make a little bit – make at least a litre for the whole fam to share. Emma’s favourite green juice includes green apple, spinach, celery, cucumber and just a hint of ginger, as it’s a great circulation stimulant and helps oxygenate all of your blood.


These are great for when you need to get going quickly in the morn and it’s a great after-school snack too. If you don’t have a blender – it’s worth investing in a cheap one, as they still work really well. This simple recipe is nutty, creamy, almost caramel-y and very moreish;

  • Nut butter – without added salt, or anything else.
  • Coconut milk -  you can also add in avocado instead of creamy milk or yoghurt to give that same satisfying texture.
  • Chia seeds - these will make You feel full for a number of hours.


Incorporate all the fresh, crunchy, beautiful food that’s in season during summer. During winter we eat quite stodgy food, plus water soluble nutrients like Vitamin C are destroyed when they’re cooked, so take the opportunity to keep it raw. Emma’s go-to bowl has spinach, roasted pumpkin, feta or haloumi, chicken (which could be leftover roast chicken from dinner), canned chickpeas and parsley. For dressing, use a simple extra virgin olive oil and lemon mixture with salt and pepper.

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