These foods of summer that will help your body look and feel its best during the hottest time of year. You know summer’s the perfect time to switch to flip-flops, but did you know it’s also the right time to change your diet? Being outdoors more often—and sweating—ups your risk for health problems such as dehydration, skin sensitivities,vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Popping some watermelon into your mouth is a great way to rehydrate after a long day in the sun.
True to its name, watermelon is over 90% water. It’s also an even better source of cancer-fighting lycopene than raw tomatoes. At just 44 calories a cup, there’s no reason not to bite into this summery fruit.
Fresh iced tea
Tea has zero calories, loads of antioxidants and may even help you lose weight. To get the nutritional benefits of tea, you really need to make it yourself and not go for the bottled variety.
Summer is peak season for colourful berries and stone fruit, fruit eaters tend to weigh less than people who don’t enjoy fruit. If that’s not enough to get you to the farmer’s market, red, purple and blue fruits are potent sources of antioxidants and vitamins.Berries, especially berries, pack up to one-third of your daily fiber needs per serving.
Chilled tomato and vegetable soup, perfect for sweltering summer days. Gazpacho is filled with healthy ingredients like bell peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers which make it a light yet flavorful soup. One cup of juicy Summer-Garden Gazpacho is only 88 calories with 4 grams of fat and zero cholesterol.
Raw, grilled, rolled, sliced or diced, zucchini is the perfect summer veggie. At only 20 calories per cup, it has zero fat and cholesterol, and 35% of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C.
Green tea is the perfect way to supplement your water intake when it’s super-hot outside, Studies have suggested that green tea may be helpful in fighting cancer and heart disease, lowering cholesterol, revving your metabolism and even keeping dementia at bay. And if sipping a hot drink in a hot month isn’t your cup of…well, tea, try it on ice—the cooler temp doesn’t compromise its nutritional benefits.