Summertime brings happiness, good food, and social gatherings. What’s not to love? With the beautiful sunshine distracting our thoughts, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help in finding the top foods to be eating this season. Here are some top foods to keep you happy and healthy all summer long.
Strawberries and Blueberries – These summer fruits hold substantial amounts of flavonoids, powerful disease fighters found in various fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids, and therefore strawberries and blueberries, increase blood flow to the skin, decrease sensitivity to light, improves the skin’s appearance, structure and texture, and as one study suggested, they might also help slow cognitive decline.
Tomatoes – Tomatoes are known for their high supply of vitamin C, folate, and potassium. This fruit (I didn’t choose its classification) also contains the antioxidant lycopene that is rumored to lower the risk of cancer. This diverse fruit can be eaten off the vine, added fresh to salads and sandwiches, cooked in soup, or used as a sauce or paste to add flavor and thickness to various meals.
Corn on the Cob – Regardless of its nutrient content, corn on the cob is just fun to eat and should be on every summer foods list. Either salt or sugar can be added to corn while it’s cooking to bring out different flavors. Both white and yellow corn contains thiamin and folate.
Avocados – This trendy food is popular for more than just guacamole. This heart-healthy snack contains 329 calories, 29 grams of fat, and an abundant amount of unsaturated fat. While this is a healthy addition to a meal, it is important to eat avocados in moderation; portions should consist of ⅛ to ¼ of an avocado.
Spinach – If there is a leafy green to eat, this is it. Packed with antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, vitamin K, folate, and calcium. Just as it has many nutrients, spinach can be used in many ways: salads, sandwiches, soups, and pasta.
Salmon – Fish is typically high in protein and Omega 3, both of which help to reduce heart disease and calorie intake. Out of all the fish, however, salmon is the most nutrient dense, and let’s be honest, the most flavorful.