In the summertime, your body needs extra nourishment to beat the heat and feel energized throughout the day. Balanced nutritional meals help you stay active and stave off fatigue. Foods with high water content cool down your body while improving your metabolism.
Here are our top three healthy summer food recipes that are easy to prepare, and will help you feel energized and refreshed.
Yogurt - No-brainer, right? Include a bowl of greek yogurt in your diet to help your body stay hydrated. A quick and easy yogurt parfait is not only delicious but packed with nutrients.
How to prepare: Take your choice of flavored or plain Greek yogurt. Layer it with fresh berries, seasonal fruits, nuts, granola, and voila!. This is a perfect breakfast or snack that helps retain energy levels and gives you the required nutrition you need.
Tip: Add some chia seeds and sprinkle cinnamon to enhance flavors.
Watermelon- This is a summer staple fruit with 92 percent water content. Approved by doctors, this super-food cools down the body and prevents overheating. Here is a quick watermelon salad recipe prepared with a magic ingredient to boost the taste.
How to prepare: Cut watermelon into small cubes, add finely chopped lettuce, cucumbers, and almonds. For the dressing, mix olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper powder, pink salt, and freshly squeezed mint juice (secret ingredient). The flavors of mint add extra freshness into the salad.
Tip: Prepare the salad for immediate consumption, storing it for long makes the salad more watery and may lose the crunch.
Ginger-lemon drink - Lemon drinks are the easiest way to cool down in summer, and vitamin C increases your heat tolerance. A blend of fresh ginger juice provides an energy boost and helps flush out toxins from your body. Here’s a quick ginger-lemonade recipe for you and your loved to prepare this summer season.
How to prepare: Mix sugar, water, and ginger root in a pan and cook till sugar dissolves. Let it cool, remove the roots, and add in the lemon juice. Serve this over ice and fresh lemon slices.
Tip: To reduce calorie intake, skip the sugar. You can also replace cane sugar with fresh organic honey.
Food born illness is more prominent in the summertime as the bacteria grow faster when it’s hot. Make sure to stay active and eat light. Summertime is meant for fun, and you can enjoy it to the fullest by staying healthy. Increasing the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet gives your body the strength to tolerate the heat. A few precautions and the warm temperature will not have any adverse effect on you.
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