Getting Fit for Summer with Seasonal Foods
If you feel like those winter sweaters were covering up some excess winter baggage you were carrying around, then summer is the perfect time to shed those pounds naturally by incorporating more fresh produce into your diet.
Summer is berry season, and one of my favorite snacks is a handful of raw almonds and a bowl full of fresh berries. The almonds help keep you full and satisfied, and the berries are perfect for adding vitamin C, antioxidants and lutein. They also make an excellent ice cream topper for dessert when you're looking to go a bit healthier. In the same breath, look to add in stone fruits to breakfast oatmeal or granola for added fiber and nutritional benefits or use them to top a piece of grilled meat.
Greens are easy to grow, which also means there is a fantastic supply at the farmers market, co-op or grocery store. Greens are low in calories, and they also provide a slew of healthy vitamins. Add large handfuls of them to pasta sauce as it simmers or make yourself a green smoothie or two. Salads, of course, are always a good option, too.
Root vegetables will mature as summer goes on, and they are great for adding a bit of crunch and flavor, even in places you may not think about. Try radishes on your next sandwich or carrot slices on your burger.
In addition to as much produce as I can manage in my diet, summer is the perfect time to get outside and take a walk to the park, bike around the neighborhood or head to the beach for some exercise that is fun as much as it helps you get into shape.