Across the northern hemisphere, summer is officially here. And as the
temperatures start to rise, more and more of us will find ourselves
outside. Whether your plans are to hit the beach, take long picnics in
the park or go for a hike, there are a few foods and drinks to look out
for so that you can make the most of your summer fun.
Here are the top foods to keep you feeling refreshed, hydrated and of course, in shape this summer:
name really says it all. With over 90 percent water by weight,
watermelon is a true hydration hero, and so as the temperature outside
starts to rise, watermelon will keep your body temperature down. Now,
watermelon has had a hard life, as its sweetness has earned it an
unfortunate reputation for being high in calories; fortunately, this
reputation is entirely false. Watermelon not only contains water, it is
over 90% water by weight. As a result, a cup of diced watermelon
contains only 46 calories, making it the perfect beach-time treat. On
top of this, watermelon is loaded with Vitamin A, as well as
antioxidants beta-carotene and lycopene that will keep you healthy, and
energized this season.
exotic fruit typically finds itself on summer fruit plates, as it’s
cool and refreshing; however, papayas are more than just a sweat treat.
Papayas are rich in papain, a protein-digesting enzyme, as well as
various other compounds that fight bloating, and make you feel more
comfortable in your summertime attire. On top of these compounds,
papayas are also a top source of Vitamin C, potassium and folate, making
them a nutritious delicacy all around.
it isn’t only fruit that makes a delectable and healthy summertime
treat; mint is a great addition to your diet this season. Widely used
across India, Europe and of course Israel, mint is famous for its
cooling properties, and so is a great addition to any dish when the
temperature heats up. Moreover, mint is famous for imparting a soothing
flavor to food it is mixed with, which will make you feel calm and
as a cucumber” is more than just an expression, it’s a fact. With 96%
of their weight being made up from water, cucumbers are a terrific way
to beat the scorching heat, and cool you down. The high water content
also helps to flush toxins from the body and will help you de-bloat. If
that isn't enough, adding cucumbers to your favorite summer dishes can
help with weight loss as they are considered a great source of fiber
(leave the skin on though).
the temperature starts to rise, easy to carry fruits such as apples and
bananas may seem a bit too heavy and filling, but what about a peach?
Rich in 10 different vitamins, peaches are one of the most nutritious
fruits around. What’s more, they are 88% water by weight, so they will
help to rehydrate you when you are sweating it out on a hike, or lying
out at the pool.
isn’t the only herb you should add to your summer food regime, sprinkle
parsley onto your meals too. A natural diuretic, parsley can help to
relieve water retention, specifically that which is the result of
annoying PMS. It also helps to reduce inflammation in the body, making
it a great addition to your diet if you are feeling ‘puffy’ before
hitting the beach. However, be aware that as parsley is a diuretic you
will want to increase the amount of water your drink.
are so sweet, that most of us forget they are actually healthy. With
only 100 calories per cup and packed with vitamins, mangoes are most
definitely an exceptional summer treat. What’s more, mangoes can also
help to clear clogged pores, which is great when you are sweating it out
all day under the scorching sun.
but not least, water. It’s simple, it’s easy and yes it’s cheap. But
it’s also exactly what your body needs when the temperature starts to
spike. While we can eat more food that is high in water, nothing beats
drinking some H20. Eight to nine glasses of water a day will help to
regulate one’s body temperature, while replacing essential electrolytes
lost due to excessive sweating. However, that’s not all this clear
liquid can do. Drinking adequate amounts of water will keep your skin
hydrated while you bake under the sun. Furthermore, when you are feeling
drained and exhausted water is a natural energy drink. Down a glass or
two, to boost your energy levels and fight off fatigue and sluggishness
as you run around in the heat.