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10 Foods To Eat During Summer
Summer is here! It’s time to take out your bright clothes, sunscreen lotion and umbrella. But something that would really help you cope with the changing season and fight related problems such as irritability, insomnia, irritability, exhaustion, etc. is a diet based on seasonal foods.
10 Foods To Eat During Summer
Fruit and Yoghurt
Now breakfast got even better in summer with fruit and yoghurt. Fruits have high water content that helps a great deal in summer as we lose a lot of body fluid through sweat.
On the other hand, bio yoghurts promote friendly bacteria, e.g. Lactobacillus acidophilus, which prevents cases of food poisoning. Food poisoning is very common during summer because high temperature spoil the freshness of the food.
Redefine your barbeques this summer with veggies. Barbecues have always been associated with saturated fats, high-calorie foods, sauces, sausages and burgers. Include some great summertime grill veggies such as zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant and potatoes to lower the calories of the barbequed dish. You can also opt for grilled onions or garlic and get as innovative as you want because there is no dearth of fresh vegetables during summertime.
It is a storehouse of some of the most important minerals such as iron that the body requires on a regular basis, especially during summer. A good amount of iron is lost during summers through sweat. Daily dose of watercress maintains the required iron level in the body and keeps lethargy at bay.
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Do not go by the size of the fruit because these blueberries have high nutritional content. They are rich source of antioxidants, natural fiber and vitamin C.
One serving of blueberries contains only 80 calories and hence it is a great alternative for people with a sweet tooth. You can also go for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries and gooseberries.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene. A single tomato contains only 16 calories. So, eat more and more tomatoes this summer in the form of salads, juices or just slice and snack on.
You can also prepare a tomato salsa dip by mixing finely chopped onion and chilli peppers to a cup of finely chopped tomatoes.
This fruit is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin B6. In addition, it also contains fiber and potassium. Avocadoes also contain an unsaturated fat named as oleic acid that proves to be really helpful in lowering cholesterol levels.
Highly beneficial for the summer, apricots have other health benefits such as improvement in digestion process, improved vision due to vitamin A content and healthy heart due to presence of beta-carotene.
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Cherries have anti-inflammatory properties as well as large reserves of anthocyanins. Besides, cherries are a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, iron and potassium. A cup of cherries contain only 90 calories. Cherries also prevent diabetes, cancer and arthritis pain. Besides, the melatonin content in cherries delays ageing process and memory loss.
Onions contain quercetin that has anti-histamine effects and hence prevents rashes caused by summer weather.
Ice creams and frozen coffee drinks have always dominated the summer ‘food court’ menu. But these items kill the thirst temporarily and add unwanted calories (430 calories approximately).
Get rid of conventional thirst busters this summer and go for an ice latte that has zero fat content and just 90 calories. Ice latte does not compromise on the sweet caffeine taste though it is fat free.
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