Today, 7/2/2018, Oz posted his favorite summer foods to keep us healthy and hydrated during the extreme temperatures. Oz considers availability, freshness, water-packed, and the healthiest. Enjoy a trip to your local farmer’s market or grocery store and take advantage of this season’s produce that is chock-full of nutrients.
Oz’s favorite summer foods
- Kale. In case you needed any more reasons to get on the kale bandwagon, it’s packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as lutein. Lutein is one of the carotenoids that gives kale its dark green hue. Eating antioxidant-rich kale may also reduce the risk of macular degeneration. These nutrients support heart health so be sure to load up on this superfood this summer.
- Tomato paste. Make your own from fresh tomatoes. If you don’t have time, this pantry staple is affordable and you’ll find it in any grocery store! A study from Greece says that supplementing a diet with tomato paste for two weeks may improve the function of blood vessels in healthy adults. Concentrated products such as tomato sauce and paste deliver even more nutrients, like lycopene, per bite. Enjoy with your favorite pasta or try adding some to a chilled tomato gazpacho this summer.
- Dark Chocolate. Everyone loves this sweet treat and now there’s even more reason to indulge! Flavonoids, which are found in cocoa beans, help protect plants from environmental toxins and help repair cell damage. They have antioxidant qualities and research shows that flavonols may lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Enjoy moderate portions of at least 70% cacao chocolate up to a few times a week.
- Green Tea. Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains the highest amounts of antioxidants of any tea. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that drinking two cups a day of brewed green tea significantly reduced inflammation and redness after UV exposure compared to controls. Cool off this summer with a pitcher of iced green tea lemonade!
- Blueberries and Strawberries. A study from Harvard Medical School suggests that berry consumption can help improve heart health. Blueberries and strawberries are particularly rich in chemical compounds called anthocyanins. Research suggests that anthocyanins can lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic.
- Watermelon. Watermelon contains about 40 percent more lycopene than raw tomatoes. and is a great source of vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and zinc. It’s made up of 92 percent water and at 44 calories a cup, you can indulge in this summer food favorite!
- Chickpeas. Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are the main ingredient in delicious and nutritious hummus. In many cultures, chickpeas are a diet staple because they are a good source of protein and carbohydrates. They contain fiber, folic acid, and riboflavin and can be enjoyed as a side dish with any meal.
- Gazpacho. Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are the main ingredient in delicious and nutritious hummus. In many cultures, chickpeas are a diet staple because they are a good source of protein and carbohydrates. They contain fiber, folic acid, and riboflavin and can be enjoyed as a side dish with any meal.
So, when it’s hot and you are too tired to cook, make sure you have these items in your pantry and fridge for proper nutrition with little effort.
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