When the temperature rises, it’s natural to reach for light, refreshing foods to help you beat the heat. Luckily, fresh produce abounds in the warmer months to help you stay cool and hydrated. It’s key to eat foods rich in necessary electrolytes like magnesium and potassium, or that have high water content to help you do just that. So, stock up on these tasty, low-calorie eats to enjoy through the dog days of summer.
Tea is not only refreshing, it’s full of flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant. Keep a pitcher of cold tea in your refrigerator, and add a little lemon juice when you’re ready to pour a glass. The citric acid and vitamin C in that squeeze of lemon help preserve the flavonoids. Just be sure to steer clear of added sugars, and sweeten with a natural sweetener like stevia instead.
Tart and sweet, cherries are basically Mother Nature’s candy. And, because they’re at their peak in the summer, you should take advantage while you can. Due to their melatonin content, cherries are considered a natural sleep aid. Next time you’re tossing and turning, have a cup of tart cherry juice or a handful of fresh cherries for dessert. You’ll sleep well and keep your hunger hormones in check.
Fun fact: Cucumbers contain even more water than watermelon. No need to peel your cucumber before eating, either – the skin of a cucumber holds many nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin K, which help regulates blood clotting and keeps bones strong.
Who doesn’t love a juicy tomato right off the vine in peak summer season? Whether sliced into sandwiches or added into a fresh salad, tomatoes are full of water and low in calories. If you’re craving a delicious, no-fuss snack, grab a pint of cherry tomatoes, which have the highest amount of lycopene per serving than any other tomato.
Corn is a sweet summer staple that also contains antioxidants that could help protect your eyes against the sun. Score! Those same antioxidants could help lower the risk of developing macular degeneration as you age, so feel free to enjoy that corn on the cob.
It’s no secret that long hours spent outdoors make you sweat. But, when you sweat, you’re also losing essential electrolytes like potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium. Spinach is chock-full of nutrients that help your body hold on to essential nutrients and keep water where it’s needed – inside you!
Although watermelons are 92 percent water, they’re packed with vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as amino acids, antioxidants and lycopene – a phytonutrient that gives fruits and veggies their red color (and can even help you beat a sunburn). One cup of diced watermelon is only 40 calories, so you can eat up with confidence.
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