Due to the high levels of nutrients found in superfoods, they are able to stand alone as one of the healthiest snacks a person could ever munch on – especially in this South Florida heat! Paired with something else, though, and these foods are virtually unstoppable. Of course, people enjoy seasonal foods that work well for the months they are eaten in. Summer, for example, is a time when people’s appetites are suppressed, thus altering what they will eat. Well, fear not: Summer has seasonal superfoods, too!
The juicy flesh of a peach is not only tasty, but incredibly healthy. High in vitamins C and B12, regularly eating this fruit will help anyone’s immune system combat the harmful free radicals that the sun gives off when enough time is spent in it. Melanoma, for example, ensues after exposure to the sun’s harmful free radicals. Well, some sunscreen and this super food allow the sun to be enjoyable– not harmful. Pair it with some cottage cheese for a cool, refreshing snack, or puree some and pair it with a juicy, grilled pork tenderloin.
There is no denying the fact that avocados have grown immensely popular over the years, and the nutrients found in them only adds sweetness to their already delicious taste. They are high in carotenoid antioxidants that help maintain blood sugar levels as you stay active during the summer months and full of heart-healthy fats. Aside from traditional guacamole, try chopping up an avocado and tossing it with tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon juice and cracked pepper for a filling, delicious summer side!
Green leafy veggies are always a health staple & it’s a bonus when it’s at peak season! Swiss chard comes in several varieties and colors, the type with the deep red stem is where the most goodness can be found. The dark pigment comes from betacyanin, which is a powerful phytonutrient that helps fine tune your body. Steam it like spinach, add it to your lunchtime wrap, or make a salad with it – the options are endless!
The myth is actually true: Pineapples contain the enzyme, bromelain, which combats common summer bloating. The heat absorbs the fluid necessary for digestion, thus contributing to unsightly swelling. The sweetness of this fruit can stand on its own, be paired with yogurt, and is especially tasty seared on the grill!
Bite-sized and packed full of good-for-you nutrients, cherries are a great snack for the summer and in season from May through August. Cherries are a bountiful source of anthocyanin, which helps to fight inflammation and ease joint pain. If your grocer doesn’t carry fresh cherries (bummer!), pick up a bag of frozen cherries and throw them into your morning smoothie.
Conclusively, summer superfoods are delicious and perfect for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The best part of these foods tends to be their flexibility, as they work well for snacks and paired with mouthwatering summer meals. Staying active in the summer is popular, and these foods guarantee that any nutrients lost in sweat will be replenished quickly and tastefully; they also have high water contents that make staying hydrated a breeze. Have a great summer!