Top 5 Foods To Love This Summer!

21 Jun

Hey all you foodies!  Happy Summer Solstice!  The transition into summer is simply the best.  Why?  The mornings earlier, the nights longer, the weather milder, the food…more juicy, sun-kissed and just plain delicious.

Good food and happy people go hand-in-hand, which is why I decided to write about the Top 5 Foods to Love this Summer!  After all, loving the food that loves you back is the best way to eat.

1.  Watermelon | Wading in the water.

It’s a known fact that watermelon is made up of about 92% water.  But don’t cross it off your good-for-you grocery list just yet.  That water actually helps to promote weight loss, protect your prostate (yes, women have prostates, too) and lower cholesterol.  Plus, watermelon tastes oh-so-good grilled with a little salt & pepper.  Instant sweet & savory dessert.

2.  Tomatoes | Packing a powerful punch of antioxidants.

Lycopene is the good-for-you antioxidant very prevalent in tomatoes which is shown to help ward off certain cancers and prevent sun damage.  Just know you can’t get off scot-free in the sunscreen department.  Food can only help you so much, so remember to wear your block every day!

3.  Zucchini & Summer Squash | Kicking allergies to the curb!

Have those allergies seemed to kick you in the booty this year?  Ya, me too.  Zucchini and other summer squash are high in Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties to ease your sinuses. ‘Nough said.

4.  Corn-on-the-Cob | Protecting your peepers.

Someone once told me that I shouldn’t eat corn because, “Cows eat corn.”  OK, now I know that’s the truth, but corn has so many nutrients its impossible to pass it up.  Lutein, in particular, is very important for maintaining healthy eyes and corn is bursting with Lutein.  Super sweet and delicious in the summer, grilled, baked or boiled, I’m in love with corn.  Go ahead, call me a cow!

5.  Eggplant | Easing the mind, royally.

Deep violet produce like eggplant may help ward off neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s.  Although its usually available year-round in most parts of the country, the most magnificent of purple eggplant makes a regal showing in the summer.  Not an eggplant lover?  Here’s a brain boostin’ granola recipe you’ll surely love that offers the same benefits for your mind.

P.S. now that all this lovely food is available in farmers’ markets and my local Whole Foods, I’ll be dreaming up recipes and sharing them with you ASAP.  Check back soon for recipe updates!

xxo,

Colleen

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