Get Your Summer Superfoods Before It’s Too Late
Summer is filled with warm weather and fun outdoor activities, and naturally, our bodies adjust to the climate change to keep us functioning through the heat. Proper hydration of the body is key to maintaining full functionality. This makes it extremely important to eat locally grown seasonal foods that can help keep you hydrated. Besides drinking your recommended water intake, eating more nutritious, water-rich, locally-sourced, seasonal foods are a great way to add an extra H2O boost into your daily routine. As summer winds down, the collection of available superfoods will dwindle day by day. Here is a list of superfoods you can still add to your shopping carts before summer is over.
Bursting with antioxidants, cherries are a preferred superfood due to their low glycemic rank. This means you’ll get to enjoy this fruit without the sugar crash. This superfood can help promote healthy sleep cycles and muscle healing. Add cherries to any meal or beverage for a semi-sweet surprise. Chef Lindsey recommends adding them into your breakfast like pancakes or oatmeal, or try adding cherry juice concentrate to sparkling water for a refreshing drink mix.
This power-packed plant is a great superfood to eat during the hotter months. Dandelion greens are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are also known for their ability to lower cholesterol, boost your immune system, fight inflammation, and regulate blood pressure. Add them into your smoothie or salad for an extra nutrient bump.
Another fruit made up of 87% water, blueberries can provide a healthy dose of antioxidants to your day. They also contain iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, vitamin C and K. Eating a serving of this superfood can help decrease inflammation in the body. Blueberries are a great addition to any breakfast and make an excellent healthy on-the-go snack. Opt for organic blueberries to avoid pesticides since it’s one of the “dirty dozen”.
Tomatoes are essential for the summer as they contain a whopping 95% water level. Your body will quickly enjoy the nutrients like potassium and vitamin K. Great for salads, pizzas, toppings and more. Eating tomatoes can also aid in heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular ailments. Chef Lindsey’s tip: buy sun gold tomatoes whenever you can get your hands on them. They are one of the most flavor packed tomatoes out there.
Peppers come in such a wide variety of colors, flavors, and heat units, and they can be utilized in any meal. They’re typically composed of 92% water which can help you maintain a proper body temperature. Whether you plan to roast, sauté or eat them raw, peppers are packed with antioxidants, folate, vitamin A, and E. Capsaicin, also found in peppers, help to ignite your metabolism system making this superfood a great summer option.
These fiber filled treats are best known for their high source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and copper. Figs can also help lower cholesterol and control blood sugar levels. Filled with a variety of vitamins like vitamins A, C, K, and B, figs make a sweet treat (in moderation) and can be used as a natural sweetener replacement in cooking and baking.
Don’t wait much longer! Give your summer a superfood blast to help keep your body well-nourished, hydrated, and thriving.