Now that summer is finally on the horizon, we need to make sure we stay healthy and svelte for all of the fun summer activities that are appearing on our social calendars. What is the best way to do that? Eating delicious and nutritious summer foods that keep you full, hydrated, and glowing!
So today we want to share with you the seasonal superfoods that can make you look and feel your best. Make sure to load up on the following delicious fruits of summer!
Pineapples are a sweet and delicious summer fruit that packs a very hydrating punch. The best part about pineapples, though, is that they are packed with bromelin. Bromelin is a naturally occurring enzyme that reduces inflammation, keeps you from holding onto extra weight, and can help improve digestion.
Many of you have heard of celery having “negative calories” because it takes more up more energy and calories to chew and swallow than it actually contains. While this is certainly true, this veggie also provides lovers with mineral salts, vitamins, and amino acids. My favorite way to eat celery is blended up in smoothies—If you do it right I promise you won’t even notice the taste!
Grapefruits are also hydrating, very low calorie fruits that are filled with vitamins A and C. They are great for your heart and blood lipid levels with their one-two punch of potassium, lycopene, and choline. Studies also show that these fruits are great at curbing appetite and keep you feeling full longer, so be sure to eat up!
Watermelon may take the prize of being the most hydrating fruit of them all. It’s almost all water, and is readily and deliciously available all summer long. To attain its superfood status, it also contains essential hydrating salts, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. After being in the hot summer sun all day, this is the perfect way to refuel and rehydrate your body.
When talking superfoods, cucumbers don’t usually rank high up on the list, but they should! They are substantially water-containing to help you stay hydrated and flush out the bloat and toxins from your system. They are also rich in skin beautifying elements, like magnesium, potassium, silicon, and caffeic acid. Cucumbers are tremendously versatile and can be eaten as part of a salad or added to a cool summer beverage.