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Eat These 5 Things This Summer

Summer is currently in full swing and so is peak produce season. Stay hydrated and fully nourished during these hot summer days with these 5 foods that are either rich in necessary electrolytes like magnesium or potassium or help boost high water content to stay hydrated. Plus they are all on the low calorie side so you can eat and not feel bloated or worse guilty. Incorporating more fruits and veggies right now is the key to better eating no matter what.

Cucumbers

Did you know that cucumbers contains an even higher percentage of water than watermelon? Cucumbers are a refreshing way to have a cool refreshing snack that hydrates you at the same time because of they’re high water content. They are also high in fiber which makes this combo great for the digestive system. Slice them, dice them, toss them in a salad or even add them to water for a refreshing drink.


Watermelon
Who doesn’t love a nice sweet juicy piece of watermelon during a hot summer day? Did you know that there are less than 50 calories per 1 cup of watermelon? Watermelons aren’t only dripping in water, they are also dripping with vitamins A, B6 and C. Not only that, research shows that eating high water foods makes you feel satisfied on fewer calories. So next time you’re at a backyard barbecue, head straight for the watermelon.

Tomatoes
Head to the store right now and marvel over the plump juiciness of the tomato selection. They are a high water (fruit) that is the perfect addition to salads, omelets, burgers or even sliced and slightly salted for a quick snack. Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, vitamin C and potassium among plenty of other good-for-you nutrients. Studies have shown that lycopene which is an antioxidant helps protect your skin against the sun’s damaging rays. So not only are you staying hydrated you are helping your skin fight nasty sunburns.


Corn
A backyard barbecue isn’t complete without the smell of roasted corn filling the air. Corn kernels are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin which help promote healthy vision. They are also a nice source of fiber with 5 grams per every 1/2 cup serving. Roast a cob with light butter and sea salt with a sprinkle of lime juice or cut the corn away from the cob and toss it in a salad or salsa.


Iced Coffee
This one isn’t a fruit or veggie but being that its summer and hot and some of us need that coffee fix, iced coffee is the way to go. Drinking a single cup of coffee everyday may lower your risk of developing skin cancer by 10% according to some studies. When making the choice though a cold brew coffee is the way to go because its known to contain less acid than hot coffee making it smoother and sweeter on the tongue and less harsh on the digestive track. To make it: Steep course coffee in a coffee filter or cheese cloth in a big pitcher of water for at least twelve hours. Then enjoy!

 

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