In summer, eating lighter fresher foods gives us more energy- perfect for this season. According to the traditional Chinese Medicine, these foods are also cooling—all the more reason to eat in season!
Enjoy fruits like berries, apple, pear, peaches and plum. Try vegetables like summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower and corn. Enjoy them more fresh and raw. Sweet, ripe summer fruits are an excellent source of antioxidants, especially vitamin C, lycopene, and beta-carotene. Summer fresh fruits are great for snacks on their own, tossed in salads, blended in smoothies, or as toppings to sweeter treats.
Here are some more suggestions for great, healthy summertime (or warm climate) eating:
Fresh veggies and dip
Homemade trail mix made from Nuts and seeds with dried fruit
Don’t just toss greens - really mix it up! Try new combo’s of fruits, veggies, and nuts and seeds for added crunch.
Frozen yogurt pops
Avoid soft drinks and sugary drinks. They can leave you feeling tired and thirstier. Instead, try adding some flare to your water:
Add some fresh fruit like sliced oranges, lemons, or limes, or even grapes.
Add some sliced cucumbers – just like the fancy spas do!
Try chilled herbal, fruity or green teas.
Helpers with Pizzazz
A fresh squeeze of lime or lemon and a pinch of fresh herbs like basil, cilantro or mint will liven up salsas, marinades, and grilled veggies.
Healthier summer grilling tips: Grilling is a great way to add flavour without adding extra fat or calories. Cooking on a gas or electric grill is healthier than grilling meats over charcoal. On the greener side of the barbecue, you may enjoy more vegetables if they are marinated and cooked on the grill.