Summer can be a truly inspiring time to choose healthy choices, with an abundance of fresh seasonal fruit on offer and long light days to enjoy more outdoor activities. However, with sunshine also comes temptation! Everyone wants to enjoy the season with garden parties and BBQs, and the pub garden is also calling every time the sun makes an appearance. Unfortunately, summer can become a time of overindulgence for many of us. Read on for our guide to healthy food and drinks for you and your family this summer.
If you can’t resist having a BBQ, then replace one of the processed meats with corn on the cob. This vegetable is not only extremely tasty when grilled, but it also contains essential antioxidants for this time of year. They help the body form a pigment which helps to filter out some of the sun’s damaging rays – amazing! And of course, it’s one of your five a day!
This delicious tropical fruit should be in your refrigerator all summer long! Watermelon also has a skin-protecting ingredient called lycopene, but that’s not its only benefit. As it is made up of 92% water, it helps to cool your body in the hot weather and can also keep hunger at bay. If you’re watching your weight, try a slice of watermelon instead of that ice cream.
It’s essential to keep hydrated when it’s hot outside, but sometimes water can get so boring! Liven it up by adding a green tea bag – it will up your water intake and has plenty of health benefits, too. Drink it hot or cold to lower cholesterol, kickstart your metabolism and lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, as some studies suggest.
For a tasty lunch or light dinner, go for a salmon salad. It’s a great source of protein and omega 3, paired with dark leafy greens for a vitamin and mineral boost.
It’s the official fruit of Wimbledon and the British summer, and the good news is that strawberries are a healthy treat. They are bursting with flavonoids which fight disease and are great for your skin. In fact all berries are great sources of flavonoids and other antioxidants, so you can also snack on blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Many smoothies are packed full of sugar and too much fruit, which can actually be a bad thing. When making a smoothie at home, look at everything before you put it into the blender – is it more than one meal? Don’t use too much fruit and try and use more vegetables instead, which are lower in sugar. You can also make smoothie healthier and lower in fat by using coconut water or nut milk rather than full fat milk.
Stay well this summer!
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