Yes, it’s amazing to be able to hit the beach or the pool whenever you want. But another great part of summer is all of the deliciously healthy options available right now. Take advantage of the season by loading up on these perfect warm-weather foods that taste amazing—and are packed with vitamins and minerals your body needs.
You’ve probably heard about, tried, and loved frozen grapes—but what about frozen cherries? Cherries are packed with anthocyanins, which give them their deep red color and anti-inflammatory properties. Granted, we’re not talking about those bright red maraschino cherries you find bottled in syrup. Just take fresh cherries, and toss them in the freezer overnight for an anytime sweet treat. Alternatively, you can also buy unsweetened cherries that are already frozen; they’re available at most supermarkets.
Sick of salads? Try gazpacho. It has all the nutrient powerhouses of a salad—such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, and garlic. Plus, it’s super-refreshing (and definitely a great way to beat the heat).
Fire up the grill, and throw on some pineapple! Unlike your typical cookout treats and desserts, pineapple is vitamin-rich and low in calories. Plus, since it has fiber, it’ll help keep you full and prevent you from overeating. Pineapple is also the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. Thread a few slices on a skewer, and grill them for a few minutes on each side for a smoky-yet-tropical dessert.
Ceviche’s not just delicious; it’s also packed with satiating protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Just mix your favorite assortment of raw fish and/or shellfish, and let it chill overnight in lime juice. The next day, add some chopped veggies, olive oil, and herbs (like cilantro or parsley), and voila—you’ve got a fabulous and refreshing entrée.
What’s a cookout without corn? This summer staple is packed with antioxidants and fiber to help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day. Make sure you keep turning the cob so that every inch of corn is grilled to perfection. You can also sprinkle some cotija cheese or cayenne pepper on top for an added burst of flavor.
Watermelon and Feta
This is a match made in summer heaven. Watermelon is rich in lycopene and vitamins A and C. Plus, it’s more than 90 percent water, making it a refreshing way to stay hydrated. Mix watermelon chunks with some crumbled feta, fresh mint, and lime juice for a sweet and salty summer appetizer.