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Two Essential Foodie Tips to Keep You Healthy, Cool, and Hydrated this summer!

Published : 07/06/2017 07:20:58
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In the hot summer months, your body craves fresh or lightly cooked foods, which means less time in the kitchen! But it’s also the perfect time to load up on nutrient-dense, low-calorie, but very filling healthy options to keep your body hydrated and cool.

In celebration of the abundance of this season, here are two essential tips to help you eat well, stay hydrated, and cool off.

Eat Light

Heavy comforting meals are a staple in the cooler winter months, but give your diet a refreshing summer overhaul by choosing less cooked or raw foods, and more color. Load your meals with seasonal vegetables and fruits, and lighter proteins such as grilled fish instead of red meats. Vegetables with high water content like #tomatoes and #cucumbers will not only cool down your body but provide the daily quota of essential nutrients as well. And don’t forget your leafy vegetables, like #kale and #lollorosso that are full of vitamin, mineral, phytonutrients, and fiber. It’s as easy as mixing up a big salad or tossing some leafy greens in your morning smoothie. Or how about cod with cucumber, avocado & mango salsa salad for dinner tonight?

Cut the Added Sugar

Two scopes of ice cream contain about 28 grams of sugar on average, which is the equivalent of 7 teaspoons of sugar. Instead of consuming empty calories that provide no health benefits, why not try some refreshing faux popsicle and ice cream options to satisfy your sweet tooth! If you're a popsicle junkie, try keeping some #grapes in your freezer at all times. They're the perfect sweet and frozen snack to satisfy your sweets cravings. And if you have a thing for ice cream, toss a few frozen #bananas in the blender with a drizzle of #milk and pinch of cinnamon for a creamy and satisfying dessert. Bananas are an excellent source of fiber and potassium, and can help replenish the electrolytes that you have lost after a long sweaty summer day.

Don’t forget to indulge in watermelons and berries. Watermelon is over 90 percent water, which means it is both low on calories and hydrating. And of course, it wouldn't be summer without fresh berries in the refrigerator. Not only are they rich in fiber, but they are also packed with antioxidants and boast a high water content, which can help you feel refreshed on hot, humid days. But don’t just stock up on #blueberries, add a little red with some #cherries!

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