Summer is fast approaching and we are expecting temperatures to rise up in town again. We are trying to beat the heat and prepare ourselves for that beach body. So why not hit two birds with one stone? Healthy eating with fruits and vegetables that will cool down the body would definitely be something that would benefit you and prepare you for that swimsuit you’ve been hiding all year.
The watermelon, which contains up to 90% water, assists you in hydrating yourself in the summer heat. Furthermore, the fruit is packed with vitamins A and C to protect you against summer sicknesses. With no fat and loaded with antioxidants, this is one big fruit that will keep you cool this summer.
Have you tried this? Add watermelon to your vegetable vinaigrette garden salad and toss in some feta cheese for that tangy sweet-salty taste that you would love. How’s that for healthy eating?
Don’t be fooled by the crunchiness of the cucumber. This veggie has high water content and helps flush out toxins from the body. Eating cucumber also help maintain healthy skin for those who are getting ready for their beach outfit.
Packed with vitamins and minerals, this veggie will not only keep you refreshed, but will also make sure that you are looking good inside and out. If you’re craving for a burger, add a layer of crunch by slicing the cucumber and placing it on the patty with some mustard.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are good for you. These fruits are at least 80% water and they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Not only that, they look and taste good too. You can add these to your yoghurt or morning cereal for that wonderful breakfast taste.
Like berries, grapes are at least 80% water. Loaded with vitamins K and C to boost your immune system and blood circulation; grapes are a tasty, bite-sized snack that kids and adults alike would love. Eat grapes fresh from the fridge for a sweet and cool afternoon snack.
Did you know that zucchini is a type of squash; its color range from yellow to dark green. Aside from having important phytonutrients and vitamin C; it also has manganese to protect your body from free radicals as you expose yourself under the summer sun.
Low in calories? Check. High potassium content? Check. Sweet and delicious? Check! If you’re hungry for dessert but don’t to break that healthy eating lifestyle, try eating a slice of melon. The fruit’s low fat and carbohydrate ratio makes it ideal to satisfy that craving without gaining the weight. Plus its high water content will keep you hydrated during the hot afternoon sun after that hearty lunch meal you just had. Tired of drinking lemon juice? Try melon juice! Just take off the seeds, place it on a strainer and run water through it to get the juice then scrape off the meat of the fruit and mix it with the juice for a tasty melon juice with real melon meat. Add honey to sweeten it to your taste.
Who knew that tomatoes would be so good for you? It is widely known that tomatoes are high in lycopene, a potent antioxidant to prevent you from getting cancer. With at least 90% water content, it would be good in fighting off the summer heat. Don’t forget! If you’re making a ham and cheese sandwich, adding a couple of slices of tomatoes would amp up the nutritional value of your meal.
During summer time, this yellow tropical fruit is typical along beach bars and drinks. For every cup of mango that you consume, you get at least half a cup of water with that. And the soft, juicy mango will surely tickle your taste buds and leave you feeling refreshed. Accidentally dropped and bruised your mango? Fret not! Just peel of the skin of the fruit, take of the seed, and drop it in the blender with ice for nice mango puree shake.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the taste of your meal. All you have to do is to find the proper food and recipes that will tickle your taste buds. If you do healthy eating, you are doing yourself a favour by keeping your health and getting yourself hot for the coming summer.