Summertime is full of fun in the sun and memories to be made. Don’t forget the best part… fresh produce! For foodies, this time of year offers lots of delicious choices that can be healthy for your body. According to EatWell Magazine, “…many of summer’s fruits and vegetables are brimming with secret health benefits.”
Dietitian and nutrition editor, Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D, discovered eight healthy summer foods that should be added to your diet. From corn to blueberries, you can eat meals fit for a king, while also staying healthy for the swimsuit season.
- Corn: Who loves corn? This popular grain may also help lower your risk of going blind. There are so many different corn recipes that can help satisfy your cravings, while also contributing to your health. Many people do not know all the health benefits to corn.
- Cold brew coffee: It’s hot in the sun, so why not enjoy a cold brew coffee from one of the best coffee shops in town. You can get a caffeine boost while also protecting your skin. There are lots of benefits to this pick-me-up to start your mornings.
- Cherries: We are surrounded by cherry orchards in Washington State, so why not enjoy them during the best season! Along with other health benefits, cherries have been known to help you slim down and get leaner. Have some fun with different cherry recipes!
- Tomatoes: Are you prone to getting sunburnt? Well, eating tomatoes may help protect your skin from our desert-like summer sun. There are a host of health benefits to eating tomatoes.
- Watermelon: During the hot summer, it is important to stay hydrated. Well, now you can have your water and eat it too! Watermelon is a great source to rehydrate you, being 92% water. Enjoy some watermelon in multiple ways while staying healthy.
- Raspberries: Fiber has been linked to preventing weight gain and promoting weight loss. When you want to eat something more refreshing than a fiber bar, try one of these raspberry recipes to help your health.
- Iced tea: Milk isn’t the only thing to do a body good, try drinking more tea! Tea has been associated with lowering your risk of diabetes and helping to strengthen your bones. You may also work on your smile by having healthier gums and teeth. Try making some homemade tea and enjoy all the healthy benefits.
- Blueberries: Tired from working out? Well, eat some blueberries to help with your muscle fatigue. There have been multiple studies that discover the health benefits to enjoying blueberries post workout.
Remember, eating healthy isn’t the only way to stay healthy. We hope to see you at the Club, taking advantage of all our programs, services, and events!
For all our foodie members, please feel free to share with us your favorite recipes from one of the healthy summer foods listed above!
Happy, Healthy Eating Everyone!