With summer comes many in-season fruits and vegetables! Keep reading for a list of our favourite summer superfoods to add to your diet.
Superfoods are foods that are dense in nutrients, and therefore great for our health! Many foods that you most likely already eat on a regular basis are filled with tons of nutrients with added health benefits. Are there any foods from the list below you could add into your diet?
Red bell peppers
Red bell peppers are a great source for Vitamin C. They are known to be milder and sweeter than green bell peppers, while also providing 240 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. Add this tasty vegetable to your next salad for some colour and nutrients!
Tomatoes are known as the heart, skin and brain protector. They are rich in Lycopene, an antioxidant known to protect against the sun’s rays, are known to slow arterial aging, as well as fight heart disease, stroke, memory loss and impotence. They are also easy enough to grow in the backyard, whether you have a pot or a whole garden. The redder the better with this one.
Not only is watermelon a refreshing treat, but it also has added benefits! Watermelon is made up of 92% water and only 6% sugar. This makes it a great hydrating food for those hot summer days. Blend frozen watermelon with ice for a tasty slush!
Read more on the health benefits of eating watermelon here.
This vibrant vegetable is full of great nutrients. Beetroots are sources for fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance. Add beets to your next meal for a vibrant addition! Read more on the health benefits of eating beets here.
These deep-coloured fruits are filled with antioxidants and are one of the only fruits to be naturally blue! Antioxidants are great for combating damage done by inflammation. Add blueberries to your diet in smoothies, to your cereal or oatmeal, or enjoy them on their own for a light snack.
Grapes are another fruit filled with health benefits. They are are rich in antioxidants that may protect against chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Grapes also contain a compound that may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Read more about the health benefits of eating grapes here.
Pineapple is great for digestive health. This fruit contains bromelain, an enzyme that improves digestions as well as helps fight blood clots from forming. Pineapple also helps to prevent swelling, which can be common in the hot summer months.
Cherries are rich in antioxidants while also containing compounds that may protect the heart and prevent arthritis pain. Next time you are looking for cherries, choose the reddest you can find! Not only will they taste the best, but have the most nutrients as well.
Mint is a refreshing herb often used to ease gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion or stomach pain. Add a few sprigs to tea, water, or salads to add a refreshing taste.
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