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Summer Nutrition Boosts For You

Jun 29, 2023 | Healthy Habits

Summer is here! Warm weather brings abundant fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of outdoor activities to keep you moving. Summer is the perfect time to make healthy choices become permanent healthy habits, and boost your overall wellness. Being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated; in reality, there are easy steps you can take to promote your health.

Here are some summer nutrition boosts for you:

Grill or roast vegetables.

Veggies like bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplant are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Grilling them is a tasty way to switch up your usual summer meals. Steer clear of charring, though, to maximize health benefits.

Choose fruit-infused water or iced tea instead of sugary drinks.

Add sliced fruit like lemons, limes, or strawberries to your water or tea for a refreshing and nutritious drink.

Incorporate more seafood.

Fish like salmon and tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation and improve heart health. Plus, seafood is an excellent source of lean protein. Try grilling fish or making a seafood salad for a healthy and delicious summer meal.

Try a smoothie.

Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrients in one easy-to-drink package. You can add fruits like berries and bananas, high in vitamins and antioxidants, and leafy greens like spinach or kale, packed with fiber and nutrients like vitamin C. A good ratio is two fruits + one veggie serving or two veggie servings + one fruit serving. Adding protein powder or Greek yogurt to your smoothie can help keep you full and satisfied.

Explore the art of veggie sides.

These are a great way to add nutrition to your summer meals. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes are high in fiber and vitamins like A and C.

Freeze fresh produce.

You can preserve nutrients and enjoy summer fruits and veggies all year round. Freeze berries, peaches, and other fruits for smoothies or baking, or freeze veggies like corn and green beans for easy side dishes.

Visit your local farmers’ market(s).

Support local farmers and get fresh, seasonal produce. You can find a variety of fruits and veggies, as well as other local products like honey and cheese.

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