Tasty and Healthy Summer Foods
Summertime is here and everyone is excited to get out and taste some delicious food with friends and family. Thankfully, there are so many healthy summer foods out there that are also delicious! By focusing on foods that are good for your health, you can enjoy tasty treats while staying in good shape during the summer months.
So what are some good options to chow down on? Keep reading to learn more!
Enjoying a nice cold watermelon during the summer heat is always a nice treat. In addition to being naturally delicious, watermelon is also very hydrating.
This is important during hot days as people often get dehydrated from too much sun exposure. This delicious melon is also filled with lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and age-related eye problems.
Although most people get excited about grilling hot dogs and hamburgers during the summer, a refreshing salad can also be a great addition to any meal. Cold foods such as salads can be refreshing during a hot day while offering important nutrients that our bodies need.
Try making a delicious greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese. Green papaya salads with lots of lime and nuts are popular summer salads in Thailand. You can even incorporate cold noodles such as ramen or zoodles with some tasty vegetables and dressings to have a healthy summer meal.
If you love to grill but want to stay healthy, try cooking some fish! Grilling is a very healthy way to prepare fish and there are many great options to choose from. Some delicious options include halibut, salmon, or even sardines.
Fish can be incorporated into summer tacos, eaten on kabobs or even shredded into a sandwich. Either way you eat grilled fish, your body will appreciate the healthy protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.
A nice cold iced tea can be a delicious, healthy alternative to less nutritious beverages on a hot day. Both green and black teas are filled with antioxidants that make your body stronger. To keep it healthy, make sure to avoid excess sugar in your iced tea!
In Spain, people across the country love eating Gazpacho during the summer months. It is a cold soup that can be eaten in any season thanks to its tasty nature. As a bonus, gazpacho is full of healthy ingredients and nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C, and plenty of minerals.
Some vegetables that are typically used in gazpacho include tomatoes, cucumber, and peppers. These ingredients can help reduce blood pressure and prevent larger health problems such as cancer and heart disease.
Fruits in general are wonderful to eat during the summer months. Try some super nutritious berries when you need a snack. You can eat them as they are, add them to smoothies, or even add them to some yogurt. If you need something to cool you down, try throwing some grapes in the freezer. Frozen grapes are a wonderful treat, especially when it’s super hot outside.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to eat healthy this summer and still have lots of tasty treats. Making a conscious decision to eat nutritious foods can help you stay hydrated on hot days and find the energy you need to go out there and have fun with friends and family members.