Summer is my favorite season of the year, but it is also the season where being outdoors more often—and sweating—increases our risk for health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That being the case, it is important we adjust our diets to these hot weather days. The solution? Eating local, in season fruits, because their nutrients are at their peak during this time. However fruits aren’t the only solution, scroll down to see what you should be eating and drinking this season!
As the name implies, watermelon is an excellent source of hydration and fluids are exactly what you need when it’s hot outside. That same high water content will also keep you feeling satiated, giving you less cravings for other foods. And as an added summer bonus watermelon contains lycopene, which protects skin cells from sun damage!
This sweet citrus is rich in potassium, a nutrient that is crucial in the summer. Excessive sweating causes you to lose potassium and puts you at risk for muscle cramps. By eating oranges you replenish your supply of potassium and keep the cramps away. They are also about 80% water, keeping you nice and hydrated throughout the day.
Protein packed yogurt is another great food to snack on throughout the summer. The protein satisfies your stomach and keeps you from overloading on salty high-calorie snacks instead. The best types of yogurts are low in fat and high in protein like a good non-fat Greek yogurt. You’ll also be a getting a dose of probiotics, the good bacteria that keeps your digestive system running smoothly.
Celery and Fennel
Worried about fitting into that bikini? Fear no more, eating celery and fennel acts a diuretics and help you lose excess water weight without causing dehydration! No more puffiness! The way this happens is that these two veggies stimulate your kidneys, causing them to flush waste and extra fluid from your body, removing all that extra bloat.
Blackberries and Raspberries
Blackberries and raspberries are great sources of fiber. The raspberry doesn’t usually get the credit it deserves. This superfruit boasts high levels of vitamin C and has eight grams of fiber per cup!