It is finally summer, time for vacations and get together with friends and family. This also means lots of BBQs, cookouts and what can seem like a ton of coleslaw and potato salad. While the food may be delicious, the grease from the burgers and chicken combined with the mayo-based salads are definitely not good for your waistline or your health. Even vegetarians and vegans can find it difficult to stick with a healthy eating plan during the summer.
In an effort to stay healthy myself I did a little research and found several foods that are not only delicious and nutritious, they will also fit just about any lifestyle. Here are some of the best, and easiest ways you can eat healthy during the hot summer months.
If you are enjoying a cookout or BBQ with friends and family chances are there are ears of corn being tossed on the grill. Not only is fresh corn delicious, it also contains two important antioxidants. These antioxidants can actually help protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s damaging rays, and best of all if you forego the butter it is a nutritious summer food even a strict vegan will love.
Who ever would’ve have thought this cool morning pick-me-up could actually be good for your health. All I know is that this makes it easy for me to enjoy a healthy summer diet. A study recently published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention noted that people that enjoyed one cup of iced or hot caffeinated coffee a day had a 10 percent less chance of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer than those who skipped this often necessary morning routine.
This summer staple is a constant in my refrigerator. Since it 92 percent water I never have to worry about dehydration, and trust me it will always taste better than bottled or tap water. Watermelon can also help curb your appetite so your swimsuit continues to fit great. This summer fruit even contains the antioxidant lycopene which helps to prevent skin cancer.
Cucumbers and Tomatoes
Fresh veggies are always a healthy addition to any diet, especially in the summer time. Cucumbers are over 90 percent water so staying hydrated is never a problem. Their high water content can also prevent skin from developing wrinkles, which can be a common problem if you spend your days in the hot sun. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and including them in your summer diet will reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Blueberries and Raspberries
One thing that I love to do with my kids is pick blueberries and raspberries in the summer. Not only is this a fun activity, these great tasting summer fruits are also high in vitamins and antioxidants. Including these in your summer diet can also improve energy levels, and if you’re like me this is always helpful when you are trying to keep up with active kids in the summer heat.