Now that we’re well into summer, you’re going to start noticing certain foods at your local grocery store or market that are specific to summer.
Today, we’re going to go over 8 of the healthiest foods you may be seeing everywhere right now. You’ll learn why you should pick them up and give them a try (or continue eating them)!
Refreshing and juicy, watermelon is an excellent summer food for not just taste, but hydration! Its pretty red hue means it contains a concentrated source of lycopene — the same compound found in tomatoes — which is a powerful antioxidant that is known for supporting heart health.
Tip: You absorb more lycopene when you eat it with fat, so try watermelon drizzled with olive oil or as a side to healthy fatty foods, like nuts or avocados.
California avocados are in season through late spring and into the summer. This is great because they’re a perfect addition to many healthy summer dishes and foods!
Creamy avocados get their smooth texture from heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They’re also a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium.
You can peel and dice avocado, enjoying it with some seasoning. Or you can mash it and have it on toast! It’s also a great addition to several bowls, salads, and dressings.
Offering several benefits, corn is healthier for you than you may think!
Because of the high fiber content, it can aid digestion. It also contains valuable B vitamins, which are important to your overall health, supporting metabolism, and regulating energy levels. Corn also provides our bodies with essential minerals such as zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.
It also contains carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect your eyes, as well as antioxidants, such as quercetin, which has been shown to promote a healthy inflammatory response and support brain health.
This vegetable is great as a side at barbecues or even roasted over a campfire! To do so, soak the corn in water for a few hours (with the husk on), then grill it over the fire for 20-30 minutes before peeling and adding your butter and/or salt!
We can’t stress enough how good berries are for your health. This delicious treat is low in sugar and calories. They’re also high in fiber and vitamin C. They carry a wide range of antioxidants that can prevent the damage of free radicals.
Certain berries have also been shown to help support the cardiovascular system, maintain blood sugar levels, boost brain health, help with weight management, promote a healthy gut, and lower the risk of a range of health issues.
Eat them as-is or add them to salads, granola/oatmeal, or smoothies!
5. Iced Tea
Tea has many health benefits, and iced tea is no exception. Both green and black tea pack serious amounts of antioxidants, but green tea has the added bonus of offering a small amount of sun protection to your skin.
Tea has been shown to help support heart health, help with weight management, and promote healthy bones and teeth.
For the healthiest brew, make it yourself. Most store brands are loaded with added sugars which only add calories and cancel out the benefits of the tea. But homemade iced tea can not only refresh you on a hot day, but provide you with a health boost!
Chances are, you’re attending a lot of barbecues over the summer. Well, whatever you’re grilling on the barbecue, salads will be great on the side!
You can get creative with both the ingredients and the dressings. Try and have a fair balance of veggies (leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions ), healthy fats (diced nuts, avocado, hard-boiled eggs), with a light and healthy dressing. Many store-bought dressings contain added sugars and preservatives. But you may be surprised at how easy it is to whip up a healthy vinaigrette at home!
For a simple and healthy vinaigrette, simply whisk together the following ingredients:
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons vinegar of choice (balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Is it summer without peaches? Hardly anything beats biting into a juicy peach on a sunny day. Fuzzy and flavorful, they also offer plenty of health benefits!
Peaches are loaded with a range of nutrients. As such, they can aid digestion, support heart health, keep your skin moist, boost immunity, and help manage blood sugar levels.
When choosing peaches, typically the richer the smell, the riper they are. You want them soft, but not wrinkled or mushy. Though sometimes only available later in the season, look for freestone peaches. These are peaches where the pit is easy to separate from the pit, making them a pleasure both to eat as-is or cut up for cooking.
Staying Healthy This Summer
No matter what foods you’re enjoying this summer, you should be making sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to look and feel your best!
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