Updated: Mar 3
Top 5 Superfoods to Add to Your Summer Diet!
By Meesha Kamali
When: May through October.
Why: Combat inflammation. Anthocyanins, the natural plant compounds that give blueberries their deep colour, may have antidiabetic effects.
How: Pancakes, smoothies, fruit salads and frozen snacks!
When: May through August. Why: Aside from the refreshing factor, watermelons have lycopene which is an effective weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. How: Aside from cooling cute-up wedges, try watermelon in smoothies with coconut water, lime juice and mint leaves for an awesome cooldown!
When: Start appearing in the spring and are ready to eat in late summer. Why: Excellent source of dietary fibre (almost 2 grams each), a good calcium and potassium source. How: Lovely addition to a cheese platter and a fantastic ingredient to make a cause for salmon. Red Bell Peppers
When: May through September.
Why: Contain 11 times more beta-carotene than green bell peppers, and 60 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C- red gives you 240 percent.
How: Dip them in hummus, roast them on the grill, add in salads or cut up and snack throughout your day!
When: June through October. Why: Contain the pigment betacyanin, which gives them their distinctive hue. Beets are also a good folate source, which guards against congenital disabilities, colon cancer and osteoporosis, can reduce blood pressure.
How: Try pairing with contrasting ingredients- that can be a salty/ creamy cheese (i.e., goat or blue), toasted nuts (i.e., walnuts or almonds). Add to your salads or pickle them as a side addition to your meals.
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