As summer rolls around, chances are you are scouring the web and magazines to find out what foods to eat for a slimmer summer body. Unfortunately, no miracle food will do the trick. This summer, focus on a healthy body instead.
Below, Lankenau Medical Center registered dietitians Sharon Hangliter, Jackie Kroon and Denise Stratton offer four summer healthier choices.
Greek Yogurt: With its thick and creamy texture, Greek yogurt has become a go-to healthy choice for many hungry dairy-lovers, and rightfully so. A six-ounce serving of plain nonfat Greek yogurt has 15-18 grams of protein, five grams more than traditional nonfat plain yogurt. Look for fat-free or low-fat varieties that come in different flavors, like blueberry, pomegranate, and cherry. Or better yet, go for plain fat-free yogurt and add your own fruit.
Greek yogurt isn’t just good for breakfast and lunch. Try a plain favor as a substitute for heavy cream or sour cream when you’re cooking, like in this recipe for Turkey Pitas with Greek Sauce.
Berries: Summer is the perfect season for fresh produce like blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Fruits likes these are great sources for potassium, fiber, Vitamin C, and cancer-fighting antioxidants. To extend the life of your produce, hold off on washing it until you are ready to use them.
Trying to squeeze in an extra serving of fruits? Get all the benefits of heart-healthy produce in a Blueberry Banana Smoothie.
Watermelon: Every part of watermelon, from the seed to the flesh, is edible and contains Vitamins C and A, as well as lycopene, a carotenoid and antioxidant, which may protect against heart disease and certain cancers.
Adapt watermelon as a side dish for a barbecue with our Grilled Spicy Watermelon recipe.
Summer Squash:Summer squash contain a number of nutrients: Vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, plus antioxidants and beta-carotene. But that’s not the only benefit of these summer superfoods: squash are versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes. Smaller squash will be sweeter than larger squash, so keep in mind what kind of a taste you’re looking for as you buy.
Give squash a try with our recipe for Summer Squash Ribbons recipe.