Superfoods for the Summer!

10 Jul

Wondering what to snack on this summer? Here are 5 of my favorite foods that are in season all summer long, which means not only they are available locally, but their tastes are at their peaks! Take advantage of organic and or locally grown products,they contain less harmful pesticides and are more yummy. Click here for a list of Farmers Markets in Delaware. Shopping for produce at farmers markets is a great way to support your local growers and the difference in TASTE, well, let’s just say that there’s no comparison to your regular grocery store produce.

avocados_FotorAVOCADOS
Don’t be afraid of the green! Some shy away because of the high concentration of monounsaturated fats, but keep in mind that not all fat is bad for you. As a matter of fact, consuming monounsaturated fats (in a reasonable amount) along with a balanced diet can actually reduce belly fat. Fighting fat with fat? You bet ya! The benefits doesn’t stop there, others include decreasing risk of heart disease, stroke and even breast cancer. It’s also incredibly easy to incorporate avocados in your diet: Slice ’em up and throw them in your salads and sandwiches! Or better yet, make a shake out of it.

corn_FotorCORN
Although you can buy corn all year-round, but it really tastes the best and costs the least during the summer months because it’s in season. Matter of fact, have you tasted corn from the farmers market? They are sweet, crunchy and delicious all by themselves without any seasoning. Trust me, once you’ve had the good ones (sorry, not the supermarket kind, canned or frozen), there’s not going back! Tastes aside, corn contains tons of digestive enzymes that help metabolize your food. It is also high in antioxidants to keep your immune system strong. No one wants to be sick when you could be out having fun!

pepeprs_FotorPEPPERS
Peppers can taste very different in season vs. off season. So take advantage of the summertime to experience what they are really supposed to taste like. The sweeter bell peppers (red & yellow) are full of vitamin A, keeping your skin nice and strong while fighting off infection at the same time. If you are a spice freak like me, then hot peppers such as jalapenos, cayenne, chipotle, and habaneros contains almost no calories and on top of that, they speed up metabolism and enhance fat burners. So whether you like it sweet or spicy (or both), peppers are the way to go to add taste and color to your summer dishes.

raspberries_FotorRASPBERRIES
They say good things come in small packages, and this couldn’t be more true with raspberries. One cup alone of these little ones contain approximately 30% of your daily dose of fiber. But the it doesn’t stop there, it also makes up 60% of your RDA of manganese, which is critical for building strong bones and cartilage! They’re also a great post-workout snack, due to their high levels of ellagic acid, a compound that reduces inflammation.

watermelon_FotorWATERMELON
Who doesn’t love the refreshing taste of watermelon on a hot day? The fruit clocks in at 92% water, which is the perfect way to stay hydrated when the temperature sores. The beta-carotene and flavonoids in this superfruit have been proven to reduce the risk of sunburns and sun damage caused by UV rays. Watermelon and summer were practically made for each other!

Fun fact: Wonder why watermelons are red? Well it’s not just for looks. The hue comes from lycopene, an antioxidant known for reducing inflammation and promoting cardiovascular health.

Questions? Comments? Ideas? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

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