Great Summer Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet
Summer is one of the best times for fresh food. Everyone wants light, refreshing treats to enjoy on a hot day. For those trying to eat healthy, this is a great time of year, because flavorful fruits and vegetables are finally in season. These fresh-grown foods can be enjoyed on a salad, frozen, on the grill, or own their own, and they even have great health benefits.
Sweet, tart, whatever you like, berries are finally in season. It’s a well documented fact that berries of all creeds are full of great properties, but what specifically? Blueberries are jam-packed with antioxidants.Tart cherries have anthocyanins, which increases fat burning and decreases fat storage. Sweet cherries are a great resource for potassium, beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyanins and quercetin. Raspberries are full for fiber. Take advantage of these great, in-season fruits!
No matter where you put tomatoes, they provide a fresh pop of flavor that elevates any dish. Other than being great-tasting, tomatoes are great for you. They are full of vitamins and minerals, and even contain something called lycopene– something implicated to protect people from sunburn. In one study, those who ate tomatoes experienced as much as 50 percent less burning than those who didn’t eat it.
Watermelon are one of the go-to fruits for the season because of how refreshing they are. Being 92 percent water, they are a great, hydrating snack that keeps you fuller longer than a cup of water would. Watermelon also contains lycopene, which will help keep your skin safe.
Corn is a great side-dish to any meal. This vegetable is high in lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that are great for your eyes. When you don’t load your corn with butter and salt, it is a relatively low-calorie, satisfying dish.
Tea is known to have many benefits for one’s body. The drink’s high antioxidants have been implicated to lead to healthier teeth, gums, and bones, and even lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Make it perfect for summer by brewing some iced tea– but do it right. Iced tea is good for you, but the high amounts of sugar people but in their sweet tea is not. For more flavor, add lemon.
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