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Summer Fitness Food Guide

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With the warm days of summer upon us, healthy seasonal produce is everywhere.

We all know eating fresh fruits and vegetables equates to a healthy diet, but, sifting through the variety of options at the Farmer’s Market or local grocer requires a little advice. Here’s our prescription for adding warm weather menu items to your everyday routine with our Summer Fitness Foods.

Perfect Picks

Spring and summer is the season to take a turn for the healthy side with fresh choices of tasty produce that are inexpensive, eco-friendly and slimming to your waistline. Whether your goals include fitting into that “must have” bikini for summer or sticking to your new year’s resolution to drop that winter weight, choosing colorful, rich fruits and vegetables will bring delightful options to your diet and daily food choices.

The Menu

For Breakfast

Whether adding these tasty treats to a smoothie, yogurt parfait or in the raw, these are sweet treats to brighten the start of your day.

tangerines
Tangerines
These tasty gems are plucked from West Coast trees and shipped in spring. Why a tangerine over other citrus fruits? They are darker in flesh with more beta carotene. When adding these to your shopping cart you help boost your immune system, sharpen your vision, and time lower your risk of heart disease.

strawberries
Strawberries
Add a few to granola or cereal for a crunchy, healthy bite. Strawberries are filled with antioxidants to make you feel awake and vibrant with nutrients and enzymes that help protect your body from chronic disease and they add fiber and potassium.

raspberries Raspberries
Raspberries are succulent treats that are rich in flavor and abundant with antioxidants. Zest up your Greek yogurt or cottage
cheese with a handful of these goodies and start the a.m. right.

For Lunch

Whether you prefer a green leaf salad or snack on the go, make sure to pack these items in your lunch for after the gym or during work!

spinach
Spinach
Spinach is not just for Popeye. Add spinach to your lunch with chicken or turkey for salad or to your grilled Panini sandwich for a colorful crunch. A handful of fresh spinach helps keep your blood healthy and strengthens your immune system.

carrots
Carrots
Carrots are the perfect side dish. Whether after a run or with your lunch at work, you can nibble on carrots with any meal for a dose of beta carotenes, vital for immunity and clear vision.

broccoli

Broccoli
Whether adding these tasty treats to a smoothie, yogurt parfait or in the raw, these are sweet treats to brighten the start of your day. However busy your schedule may be, broccoli will help preserve your beautiful mind and body. Psst…broccoli also is a great source of fiber and Vitamin D! Add to your salad or eat plain with some light dressing for a bold flavor that tastes as good as it is for you.

For Dinner

Finish your dinner off with the perfect side. Packed with vitamins and scrumptiousness these easy to do side dishes will be healthy and pleasing to your whole family.

peas
Peas
Who would have thought that after a long day, peas can bring a much needed boost of energy?  Providing iron and vitamin B – these little green gems diminish fatigue and boost metabolic function.

Asparagus
Expectant mother? If this season is bringing you a new chapter in life, grab the bushels of asparagus at the center of the produce section. Packed with folate (essential for cell growth and production), vitamins A & C and antioxidants, you and your family will add a savory side dish to your meal.

sweet corn

Sweet corn
Finish your dinner off with the perfect side. Packed with vitamins and scrumptious-ness, these easy to do side dishes will be healthy and pleasing to your whole family. The first BBQ of the year is just around the corner. So, mind your figure and, add a fun side dish to grilled chicken or salmon. By adding a side of corn on the cob you will add minerals and fiber to your back yard feast.

Beverage of Choice: Just Add Mint

mint tea A hint of mint can be a perfect mixer to tea, dessert, salad or mixed drinks. Mint is rich in magnesium, copper, iron, potassium, and calcium. What’s more? It is a beautiful organic herb that will bring to life any outing or warm weather weekend.

So, celebrate the season by adding these fresh healthy foods to your daily intake and be the best you can be during the long hot days (and nights) of summer.

 

 

 

Author: Amy Apodaca

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