Perhaps one of the biggest perks of the summer season is the food. It always feels lighter, fresher and includes so many seasonal fruits and veggies that you really can’t get any other time of year. How can you not love that? With that said we wanted to give you guidance on some of our favorite healthy summertime foods and why we love them so much. Prepare to extend your grocery list.
Top 10 Summertime Foods
1. Peaches. This one tops our list because, well, if you live in Utah you know this is a one of the best treats of the summer. Yes, Georgia is technically more famous for its peaches, but Utah holds its own too. What makes peaches so particularly great is that they are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and they taste great besides.
2. Raspberries. Another delicious Utah summer treat all the way from Logan are raspberries that are put in shakes. You don’t need to calorie load however enjoy this delicious summertime fruit (although if you did we wouldn’t blame you one bit). Putting a few of these potent berries on top of your oatmeal, yogurt or salad will up your fiber and vitamin C intake as well as add fresh flavor.
3. Tomatoes. These also do really well in Utah during the summer months and they are so versatile in their use. Pastas, salads, sides, and on their own they are delicious and healthy. Lycopene is responsible for tomatoes red color which is a protectant against damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. The good news? Eating these beauties offers you the same protection and who doesn’t need or want that during the long, sun-filled days of summer? That’s what we thought.
4. Zucchini. If you are like us you probably love pasta in the winters and crave it in the summers, but feel like some of your favorite dishes are too heavy. Using zucchini or any kind of squash for that matter is a good substitute to keep your meal lighter and add some extra veggies as well.
5. Watermelon. Is it even summer if you aren’t eating watermelon? Didn’t think so. This powerful fruit offers hydration during the hottest months of the year as well as sun protection just like tomatoes. It can also keep you full without adding a ton of calories because of its high water content.
6. Celery. This super vegetable is both a diuretic and hydrator. How you may be asking? Celery’s ingredients stimulate your kidneys to rid your body of extra waste and fluids, while also being water heavy. Another benefit of celery is the high fiber content. Pair it with some yummy hummus and you have a fantastic summertime appetizer or snack.
7. Fennel. This vegetable doesn’t get talked about a whole lot, but it should. With heavy doses of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C it is a super food with a lot of value. Best yet are the seeds of fennel are a great metabolism booster to get your body up and running the way it needs to.
8. Melons. Cantaloupe and honeydew are summer classics that are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Look no further if you are wanting to boost your intake of vitamin C and A, as well has preventing bloating. Yes, just like celery, melons work as a hydrating diuretic to keep your body’s waste removal in tip-top shape.
9. Pears. This is another piece of produce that often gets overlooked and we honestly are not sure why. They are tasty, packed with vitamins, fiber and vital plant compounds that reduce inflammation, protect against certain diseases and keep your heart and gut healthy.
10. Avocados. This superfood does it all and it tastes really good too. These powerful fruits have omega-3 fatty acids like fish, high fiber to keep you full and are chalk full of vitamins and minerals. Plus, there are a million ways to enjoy avocados which means you’ll never be bored eating them.