Nutrition Tips to Keep You Cool This Summer
Summer is all about fun in the sun - and it's also a good time to change your diet! The foods you eat in the winter aren't necessarily the foods you should eat in the summer. Melissa Leonard, MS, RDN, LDN, talks about the best foods for summertime and shares how to choose foods that are both high-quality and affordable.
In the summer heat, lighter foods are best. Using a base of whole grains and adding plenty of vegetables boosts the nutritional value of your meals. Vegetables and fruits that are in season can be higher quality than those that are out of season. In-season fruits and vegetables usually cost less, too!
Staying hydrated is equally as important. Tips for staying hydrated include:
- Carrying a water bottle with you at all times.
- Adding fruit or cucumber to water to give a fresh taste.
- Eating fruits and vegetables that have a high water content as snacks. Melons and citrus fruits have a high water content.
- Freeze fruits to make them last longer and eat them as a refreshing snack. Fruits that freeze well include bananas, grapes, melons and oranges.
- Blend frozen fruits together into a smoothie. You can add additional healthy ingredients like Greek yogurt or chia seeds for added nutritional value.
It's important to avoid letting good nutrition take a back seat during our busy and inconsistent summer schedules. Taking the time to make sure we eat consistent, healthy, nutritious meals will keep us feeling our best while we're on the go.