Fruits and vegetables are important to eat all year but when the summer comes it feels like our bodies yearn even more for the natural, nutrient packed foods. As a preamble, it’s most nutritionally beneficial to eat organic produce. These days, it’s hard to trust nonorganic produce to be healthy. Chemicals from pesticides rid the produce of their nutrient dense properties. By sticking with organic foods, you can assure you’re getting the most from your fruits and vegetables. With that said, let’s get to the good stuff.
When it comes to a summer diet it’s nice to stick with foods that mimic the season. Light, fresh, cold salads pair well with a warm summer day. However you take in your calories while your awake, it’s important to make sure each meal is packed with vitamin rich foods.
Fruits are filled with sugar, so it’s important to ingest the most fruit at the beginning of the day. Blueberries are excellent for their anti-aging affects, but also offer a great amount of fiber per serving. Pears are also a great source of fiber, consisting of 15 percent of your daily intake in one pear. Other beneficial fruits are pineapples, strawberries and watermelon, not just because it’s when the fruits are ripe, but they’re loaded with antioxidants that detox and refresh the system.
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Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nutrients while being low in calories. Broccoli is one of the best vegetables you can eat, along with all other cruciferous vegetables. Leafy greens such as kale and spinach offer vitamins and antioxidants great for the body’s nutritional balance. Carrots and sweet potatoes offer beta keratin beneficial for optimum sight and skin glow.
There are plenty ways to prepare your fruits and vegetables – making stir fry, salads, or juicing – each way can offer different varieties and flavors. One way to get your produce is make spa water. Spa water is tap water (or bottled) infused with fruits, vegetables and herbs. Take a jug, place your favorite combination of fruit, veggies and herbs, put some ice in and fill with water and let sit for an hour or two. A great combination for this could be slicing one lemon, a handful of strawberries and raspberries, a half of one cucumber and a couple mint leaves. Place the ingredients at the bottom of the jug, cover with ice water, stir and let sit for best flavor. Enjoy nutrient dense water filled with flavor. This is a great way to get the essence of fruits and vegetables in a refillable way you can enjoy throughout the day.
Other great ways to eat your produce is through smoothies. By blending up everything into one cup, it’s a cool, quick, ready-made meal to grab on the go. Smoothies are great if you want to keep it raw. Since you are blending everything, vegetables don’t need to be steamed. Kale and spinach act as great green boosters for any smoothie. Another green food excellent for weight control is green tea. Be careful, for green tea is loaded with caffeine, but if ingested in minimal quantities, green tea can be absorbed for its antioxidant qualities and for a metabolism boost. Try yerba matte green tea found at Whole Foods, or the super food antioxidant Matcha Green tea powder found in most health food stores.
Eating right isn’t just about getting nutrient dense foods, it’s also liking what you eat and enjoying the process.