You may not have control over the outdoor temperatures, but you can affect your natural body temperature with your food choices. The concept of seasonal eating steers us to consume the foods that our bodies need most during a particular time of year. For example, As the temperature drops in the fall, our bodies require more concentrated, energy-rich foods like root vegetables, pumpkins and other squashes. In the winter, soup is an ideal food because it is warm, comforting and filling. In the springtime your diet should become lighter, with more leafy greens and sprouts as a way to renew and reclaim vital energy. Finally, in the summer, we naturally crave cold drinks, ice cream and salads that provide an efficient and effective way to stay cool.
Five Guidelines for Summer Eating:
- Favor foods that are raw, cool and liquid. Include foods that are sweet with fiber such as fruit, and the many seasonal vegetables of peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, leafy greens, to name a few, to be eaten raw or cooked.
- Minimize foods that are hot in temperature, as well as spicy, salty or sour foods, which create heat in the body.
- Favor light proteins such as fish, seafood, chicken and turkey in moderate amounts.
- Minimize caffeinated products like coffee and soda because they are dehydrating and induce fatigue if they are sweetened.
- Choose foods with high water content – all fruits, vegetables, and cooked cold grains such as brown rice and quinoa.
Focus on the Summer Bounty of Fruit
Fresh, summer produce is still available and with plenty of fruit options. Fruit is easy to digest, naturally cools our body, and satisfies our taste for sweetness without the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruit is filled with fiber that helps to move the waste through our bodies. If you eat every color of the fruit rainbow, nature will provide you with all of the vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that your body requires.
Here are a few ways to incorporate fresh fruit into an early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat:
- Frozen grapes
- Lime juice ice cubes in seltzer or iced tea
- Frozen banana dipped in melted dark chocolate;
- Fruit juice popsicles;
- Plain yogurt or cottage cheese with cut-up strawberries, bananas or red grapes; also add raw almonds or walnuts.
- Blueberries with cold, unsweetened cereal
- Mixed fruit salad
- Smoothies—see below
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