4 Foods to Add to Your Summer Diet

Summer can bring a lot of unhealthy food options out. Frozen treats and cookout food aren’t the best choices, but summer brings versatile options. Here are some foods to add to the rotation for summer.

Watermelon

During the summer, staying hydrated is very important. Watermelon provides a tasty way to keep cool. The fruit itself is about 92% water and has many of the same health benefits as plain water. It can be eaten in many ways, including by itself, in a fruit salad, or regular salads or desserts as a topping.

Corn

Corn is a staple at most outdoor events during the summer. There are a million ways to prepare it from grilled on the cob, to a light corn salad with tomatoes and feta. Corn is also full of antioxidants and is incredibly filling, which helps cut down on snacking.

Iced Tea

Nothing is as refreshing as a glass of iced tea. Freshly brewed tea has a ton of health benefits for the heart, mind, and body. There are plenty of tea types to keep things exciting, and they all boast their specific benefits. During the summer, a fun way to liven up any glass is by freezing some chunks of fruit to use instead of ice cubes to add some flavor.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is one of the healthiest and most versatile foods. Not only is it great for digestive health, but it is also full of protein and calcium, which are necessary parts of essential nutrition. However, it is still low in calories. A simple way to add greek yogurt to a diet is to grab single-serve flavors from the grocery store. Greek yogurt is also an alternative base for ranch dressing and veggie dips. It is the main ingredient in tzatziki sauce, a flavorful topper for many light Mediterranean dishes.

There are plenty of ways to bring the summer season to the table. A lot of good produce makes its way into the stores this time of year, and with some creative recipes, it can be the healthiest season.

The Importance of a Well-Balanced Diet

It is common knowledge that a balanced diet is important for health, throughout all stages and phases of life. What does a balanced diet look like? What benefits does it provide? Does it differ based on age, sex, or activity? It may seem daunting to try and create or build a well-balanced diet, but it doesn’t have to be. This blog will provide a basic rundown of healthy diets and their benefits. Registered professionals can also help create balanced diet plans or give advice and tips on healthy eating strategies.

Maintaining normal body function while aging is a great benefit of a healthy diet. As humans get older, several body functions begin to slow down and degrade. For instance, sight, muscular function and hearing. With a healthy diet full of vitamins and nutrients, this process can be slowed down. In addition, these factors can contribute to keeping and maintaining a healthy body weight and size throughout adult life.

A well-balanced diet also works to help the body prevent disease. Nourishment that provides all essential vitamins and minerals, combined with an active lifestyle, is scientifically proven to prevent diseases over a lifespan. Combined with the bonus that healthy foods provide to the body’s immune system, this is a great method for preventative care in most people.

What is a healthy diet? For most, this will be common sense. Experts agree that fruits and vegetables should be the foundation of a balanced diet. The micronutrients provided in produce are essentially to healthy biological function. Additionally, lean meats and whole grains should be present. Some forms of dairy can be added, such as yoghurt, although not all forms are particularly healthy. Portions are also critical while eating healthy, as large portions of healthy food can still cause weight gain and retention over time.

When trying to implement a healthier and more balanced diet, one should consider consulting a doctor or registered nutritionist. Each human has slightly different specific needs regarding macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) as well as micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). A nutritionist can help create an individually tailored plan that helps one begin eating more healthily. Finally, food and nutrient needs will also vary based on the age, sex and activity level of the individual; this is something that must be considered.