The summer season is rich with culinary overtones. Known for family picnics, beachside barbecues, and bright burning bonfires, it’s the perfect to treat the palate to some the best summery foods.
Here’s a roundup of our 6 favorites. Chosen for their practicality and connection to the season, eating more of these foods means leading a healthy and fulfilling summer!
1. Yellow Corn
This delicious summer staple is full of vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K. This antioxidant rich quintessential summer treat for any BBQ and cookouts with friends and family. Whether you are throwing it on a grill or using it in a quinoa salad, this nutrient rich starch is a great addition to any meal.
We suggest buying non-GMO and organic corn or if you have a green thumb we suggest and support growing your corn.
Cucumbers are extremely hydrating foods. In fact, they are made up of 95% of water! The are one of the best vegetables to snack on during the summer, as they help keep the body hydrated while helping your body eliminate toxins. Plus, not only are these delicious and refreshing, but they also promote joint health, reduce and control blood pressure, and aid in weight loss and digestion.
Cucumbers are also very flexible. You can add them to any salad, or even any beverage. It can be a simple slice in a glass of water to infusing it into a refreshing summer cocktail. Whatever it is, cucumbers are easy to incorporate into any diet!
Nothing says summer like a giant slice of watermelon on a scorching hot summer afternoon. This delicious snack is sweet enough to be a dessert, but it is so much more than that. This fruit is ultra hydrating, containing more than 90% water, in addition to containing ⅓ of the daily recommended amounts of vitamin A and C.
Watermelons have the highest level of lycopene of any fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is an antioxidant that helps to combat heart disease, as well as many different forms of cancer. It also helps with blood pressure and heart disease (perhaps balancing out some of that barbecue you might be eating!).
This summer treat is great to munch on by itself, but it is even better when it chopped up and mixed with other fruits to make a fruit salad!
Full of vitamin K, copper, and vitamin B2, this delicious small, oval berry shaped fruit is a tasty treat full of electrolytes and flavonoids, a very powerful antioxidant that helps with aging. Grapes are great for a variety of different diseases, including kidney diseases to the prevention to cataracts. Whether you are eating them by themselves as a snack, or accenting with them on a cheese plate, these yummy treats are great for health.
These tasty summer snacks are bursting with health benefits and nutrients. This superfruit not only helps with memory improvement, due to the high levels of anthocyanin, but if a glass of tart cherry juice is consumed in the morning and the evening, it has been shown to aid in sleep time and sleep quality. Getting more cherries during the summer can help balance out that vibrant, but occasionally exhausting, seasonal energy.
Okay, so chocolate might be very melty during the summer, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make our seasonal list. Chocolate is rich in antioxidants, and if that doesn’t convince you add a bit more your diet, just wait for your next chance to make s’mores over an open campfire. Delicious and points for healthiness? Yes please.
That’s not saying all chocolates are created equal, though. We suggest ditching the processed milk chocolates and choosing a wholesome, fair trade and darker chocolate for its higher antioxidant amount.
Get Your Summer Tasting Great
These are just some of the delicious and healthy foods you can eat during the summer. What are some of your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!