There are so many fantastic and healthy foods for summer. It's all about staying satisfied and nutritionally-balanced during these months! Even though it's so much easier to opt for some fast food, there are many foods that'll leave you feeling a whole lot better than a burger will. Check out some of the healthy foods for summer and then let me know what your favorites are! What're you always munching on in the summertime?
I don't know about you, but I could live off of avocado. It's so yummy! Avocado is full of fiber, vitamins B5, B6, C, K, and potassium. They often find their way onto our salads, on top of our chipotle meal (delicious, right?), and more. It's just one of the healthy foods for summer!
Cucumbers are so awesome! You can put them on your eyes to help reduce redness and puffiness (spa day, anyone?) You can put them in your water for a punch of flavor. They make a tasty high-fiber, low-calorie snack. What you might not know is that cucumbers are also a great source of potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins C, K and B5, and more. That means they'll help lower blood pressure and help keep your skin nice and hydrated!
Mmmm, nothing beats fresh sweet corn in the summer. Did you know that corn has two antioxidants—lutein and zeaxanthin—that serve as "natural sunglasses" and help form macular pigment that filters out the sun’s damaging rays? It's fascinating how something can be so delicious and so beneficial to our bodies.
Did you know cherries have tons of health benefits? There are compounds in tart cherries that may help you slim down and get leaner. How? The anthocyanins in tart cherries activate a molecule that helps fat burning in your body and decreases fat storage!
5. Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are definitely my go-to snack. They make such a colorful addition to any snack, salad or meal! Sweet bell peppers are low in calories and very high in vitamins. One-half of a cup of green, red or yellow bell peppers contains more than 230 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C intake, and for only 20 calories. That means you can munch on them whenever you please without feeling guilty about it!
Not only are tomatoes delicious, but they've also got benefits for your skin. Consuming lycopene-- the carotenoid that makes tomatoes red-- helps protect your skin from sunburn.How convenient is that? You can make eating tomatoes every day really easy by adding it to your salads.
7. Iced Tea
What's more refreshing than a tall glass of iced tea on a hot day? Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids. Regardless of the tea's variety—black, green, oolong or herbal—you can maximize the power of tea’s flavonoids by drinking it freshly brewed. If you want to keep a batch of cold tea in your refrigerator, just add a little lemon juice to it. The citric acid and vitamin C in that squeeze of lemon will help preserve the flavonoids.
Well, there you have it! These are just seven out of many awesome and nutritional foods for the summertime. How do you like to stay satisfied and healthy? Feel free to leave meal ideas in the comments section!