As we make the transition from winter to spring, the weather can be unpredictable. One day, the sun is shining and we’re donning shorts and t-shirts and the next day we find ourselves in need of winter coats and an extra blanket on the bed.
When it’s cold outside, we often seek out warm comfort foods, yet warmer temperatures spur us to seek out foods that are more crisp, cold, and refreshing. Luckily, there are many nutritious whole food recipes out there that taste good whether cold or warmed up.
Any one of the recipes below can be eaten warm or cold, depending on your mood and/or the erratic outdoor temperatures. Their flexibility also makes them nice options for meal prepping!
Basic Overnight Oat Recipe:
Overnight oats are a wonderful component of any breakfast and the fact that you make them the night before saves you time in the morning. They are also great for someone who seeks variety without a lot of effort as the ways to top and flavor them are endless. Overnight oats are traditionally eaten cold but if you find yourself chilled in the morning, feel free to warm them up slightly!
- 1/3-1/2 cup milk or unsweetened milk alternative
- 1/3-1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/3-1/2 cup yogurt, ½ cup chopped fruit
- Optional additions: chia seeds, nut butter, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, honey, fruit zest, vanilla, etc.
Tuna or Salmon
A portion of either of these fish, seasoned to your preference and baked, grilled, or broiled provides you with protein, healthy fat, and a number of essential vitamins and minerals. They also taste amazing cold over a salad with a lemon based dressing.
If you’re looking for a way to get more protein and/or vegetables throughout the day, look no further than the Frittata! This egg based, pie like dish can be packed with vegetables like mushrooms, onions, zucchini, peppers, etc. It’s already protein rich from the eggs but you can also add lean beef, tofu, or pork to the dish for additional nutrition. This dish is good warm but some people insist it’s even better cold.
Roasted vegetables are a flavorful addition to any meal, either as a stand alone side or as a component of a mixed dish like stew, pasta, or omelets. If you decide to eat them cold, they can be eaten as-is but are also great topped with some balsamic vinegar or dipped in an herb yogurt mixture. You can also throw add them to cold pasta, quinoa, or couscous based salads.