Summer is bursting with fresh, succulent fruits and vegetables, which should make it easy to eat healthy. But it’s also the season of tempting snacks. Resist temptation with these tips for healthy summer eating.
Load Up on Summer’s Bounty Don’t underestimate the power of produce. It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, tastes amazing and is less expensive in season. Check out a farmer’s market and try locally grown fruits and vegetables. Or start your own garden for fresh-picked flavor anytime.
Blueberries. What CAN’T They Do? These powerhouses of health can help reduce plaque in your arteries, keep blood sugar levels under control, keep bones healthy, support your immune system and prevent the development of some diseases. Grab a handful and enjoy a far healthier snack than a candy bar.
Vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, potassium and healthy fat are on the avocado’s list of credentials. Its levels of monosaturated fat (the good kind) have been shown to improve cholesterol, protect you from developing heart disease and help control your blood sugar. Smash some avocados to make guacamole, or slice them and top your favorite sandwich. Also, make a cold avocado soup for pure summer refreshment and health.
Water, Water and More Water
Water keeps your entire body running properly. In summer, you lose water, so it’s very important that you replace it to regulate your body temperature and remove toxins. You can stay hydrated and get your vitamins and minerals at the same time by eating watermelon, radishes and zucchini. Keep the fluids coming!
Did You Know?
The Mayo Clinic suggests 9 cups of water for women and 13 cups for men every day.
Just for Kids Kids are always on the go, so give them something easy to take along. Popcorn, almonds, and trail mix travel well and are good sources of nutrition. To keep kids cool, give them frozen yogurt, chocolate-covered banana pops and frozen grapes. They’re healthy and refreshing alternatives to sugar-laden snacks.