Make the Most of Summer Foods
What should you know about summer foods, and how can you incorporate
them into your diet with greater ease?
Before the sun goes down on the hot days of summer, be sure to soak up all
the warm-weather foods you can.
During the summer, you have a lot of things to do. You've got to stay well
hydrated, soak up some sun to get all that precious vitamin D, build a few
sandcastles, and catch some waves. However, if you don't take advantage of the
many great foods that grow in abundance during the warmer months, you're
What should you know about summer foods, and how can you incorporate them into
your diet with
greater ease? You're about to find out.
What to Know
Before you'll go off and buy all sorts of summer foods, you may need some
convincing. So why should you take advantage of the foods that are so
prevalent during the warmest days of summer? Try out these reasons to see how
They're Colorful: Nothing says summer like bright, fun
colors! With that in mind, this is the time to add some spunk and beauty to
without having to add food coloring.
They're Healthy: In addition to being full of wonderful
color, the fruits and vegetables that grow in such great abundance during the
summer are also incredibly healthy. In fact, if you want to boost your diet's
health rating, look for a wide variety of colors, and as mentioned above,
there are never more colorful foods available than in the summer!
They're Cheaper: Sure, you can get oranges and tomatoes
during any time of the year. However, those same foods are much cheaper when
they're in season, as there is a much greater abundance of the foods to be
sold. And in case you haven't noticed, they're also much tastier when in
How to Incorporate
More than likely, you're incorporating summer foods into your
needing any assistance. But you can always add a few more fresh summer fruits
and veggies into your favorite meals. From breakfast to lunch to dinner and
beyond, you can add some fresh summer foods easily.
In the morning, grab your favorite fruit and toss it on top of your cereal.
Good choices are blueberries, strawberries, and bananas. Then eat a fresh
tomato and cucumber sandwich for lunch, with a slice of cantaloupe on the
side. When dinner rolls around, grill some chicken and toss it in a salad made
with fresh lettuce, carrots, tangerine slices, and more. Put it on the table
next to a fresh glass of homemade lemonade and enjoy!
The Color Wheel of Health
Trying to figure out which fruits and vegetables you should add to your diet?
Use this color chart to have a better handle on what you should eat for
improved health in specific areas.
Orange and yellow foods are jam-packed with lycopene, vitamin
C, flavonoids, beta-carotene, and potassium. These are helpful in countless
ways, including lowering your cholesterol levels.
Blue and purple foods contain vitamin C, fiber, and
flavonoids, and these foods improve your immunity and retinal health, while
helping your body make the most of other vitamins and minerals you consume.
Red foods are filled with lycopene and more nutrients that
help keep your blood pressure at healthy levels, prevent prostate cancer, and
potentially improve arthritis symptoms.
Green foods have fiber, folate, calcium, and beta-carotene,
helping you chop down your bad cholesterol and blood pressure, improve your
digestive health, give your immune system a boost, and fend off various
White foods, though often considered the bottom of the food
chain, can have a substantial effect on your good health. With a variety of
nutrients, white fruits and vegetables reduce your risk for a variety of
cancers and increase your immunity to illnesses and diseases.
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