Be summer ready with these top meal tips

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Summer’s here which for many, barbecues and ice-creams first spring to mind. Followed by a nice cold drink to wash it all down with. After all, when the weather’s hot the last thing you want to do is have your head in an oven and be standing over a hot stove making a big cooked meal.

Instead, smaller, fresh meals are much more desirable to eat during the summer months. You’ll feel more refreshed and with less cooking, you can sit back and relax while the sun is shining!

Sounds great, right? Well, for you to enjoy more hours in the sun and less time scouring the kitchen cupboards, it’s a good idea to know what you’re going to eat. Creating a meal plan for the week ahead will save you time and make it easier to follow a balanced diet; with your meals planned, you’re less likely to reach for the pile of takeaway menus. A meal plan can also assist with your weekly shopping budget and can actually save you money. After all, one trip to the shop a week to buy everything, is likely to cost much less than a trip to the shops every night to pick up something for dinner – we all know when you pop in for just one item you come out with more! Planning makes everything perfect.

Another top tip for eating in the summer months is to prepare meals in advance. It means for those days when you’re busy enjoying the sun, or when it’s really hot and you can’t muster up the energy to cook, you’ll have a meal ready to go. From mixed salads and ready chopped fruit, to vegetable chilli and ice lollies, pre-make your meals and put them in the fridge or freezer, so anytime you feel a little peckish or need a quick meal fix, just head for the kitchen and grab your meal. For some quick cool meals for summer see here.

Talking of salads, why not add some fruits into your salad? Watermelon, blueberries, apricots, pineapple, cherries and strawberries are all proven to be extremely nutritious. But if you’re not too keen on eating fruits, then try making a smoothie instead. It will be just as nutritious and refreshing, and you’ll probably find it goes down much better! For some yummy smoothie recipes, see here.

Smoothies are a great way to fill up on nutrients, but drinking lots of water is extremely important too – especially when it’s particularly hot outside. Water will keep you hydrated and maintain your body temperature. One top tip is to keep a jug or large bottle of water filled up in the fridge so you can cool down and quench your thirst with a cold drink instead of room temperature water from the tap. Why not add a slice of lemon or some mint to make your drink more refreshing and flavoursome? For more information on water and other drinks and the effect on your health see here.

So, there you have it. From planning your weekly shop to preparing your meals, these are just some of the ways you can get the most out of summer by spending less time in the kitchen and more time outside. And if you get the chance, why not combine both food and sunshine by dining Al fresco!

Looking for a place to stay in London this summer? We have summer accommodation available here at Host Wembley. For more information please contact us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or wembley@host-students.com.   

Summer days in Wembley

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The sun’s shining, the air is warm and summer is here. So, what have you got planned? If you’re not busy working, studying or visiting other parts of the world, then how about an afternoon in some of Wembley’s local parks and outdoor areas? Relax and soak up the sun, get lost in a book or play Frisbee with your friends. Sound good? Check out some of these great green spaces you can enjoy…

King Edward VII Park
Located in Brent – less than a mile away from our accommodation, King Edward VII Park offers luscious green grass space for you to unwind and relax in. There’s a host of sports facilities you can take advantage of to. From bowling greens to football pitches, you’ll never be short of something to do!

Fryent Country Park
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and go on an adventure through the 103 hectares of rolling fields and woods of Fryent Country Park. Also located in the Brent area, the park is a wildlife site of metropolitan importance to London, with the woodland comprising of trees including French oak, ash and the nationally rare plant the narrow-leaved bitter-cress.

Barham Park
Head two miles west of Host Wembley and you’ll stumble upon the green grass, pathways and many mature trees of Barham Park. Blooming with bright and beautiful flowers and shrubs in summer, the walled garden is a popular relaxation spot. For those feeling more active, there’s even a free outdoor gym!

Northala Fields
Slightly further afield, but definitely worth a visit is Northala Fields. You’ll find lots of open space to enjoy as well as four large earth mounds – and with the tallest standing at 22 metres it makes an excellent viewpoint with a 360-degree view over the city. And with six fishing lakes, a model boating lake and wildlife ponds, streams and wetland, you can relax on the water’s edge.

So, if you’re in London and the Wembley area this summer and need a place to sunbathe, relax or explore then head to one of the above. Need a place to stay while you visit? We have summer accommodation available from 2nd July until 1st September. For more information please contact us on 0203 475 5952 or email wembley@host-students.com.