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Want to enjoy the summer while feeling extra beautiful? Find out how! Eat your way to the perfect summer glow, and a leaner body with these healthy foods.
Summer is the best time of the year, not only for weather, but also for food! The long sunny days of summer help fresh produce grow. There’s always an abundance of food and also more of a variety when the weather is warm.
Summer’s warmer weather brings lighter meals and more activity too. So while you’re getting slimmer you can also feel and look better. Try these summer beauty foods that will give you that natural glow from the inside out!
- Strawberries and other fruits: Fruits contain many powerful antioxidants, including vitamin C and A. Strawberries especially have the best sources of vitamin C, providing up to 163% of the daily value per cup. Fruits satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugars while keeping you feeling lighter. Try adding fruit to salads, yogurt, or cereal. Make smoothies or top ice cream with fresh fruit for a refreshing dessert.
- Zucchini: Zucchini is so low in calories; you’ve got to eat it to believe it. With only 20 calories per cup, you have to incorporate this veggie into your natural routine. Use this tasty green squash for veggie crudités, cut into batons or coins. Or include it in pasta dishes by dicing and sautéing with garlic and onion, goat cheese, or shrimp.
- Red Bell Peppers: Red bell peppers are highly under-rated! These sweet red babies only have about 45 calories, and contain a whopping 3 grams of fiber per cup. They are really high in antioxidants, with 317% of the daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role for the collagen in our skin. When we age, we lose collagen, so eating foods rich in vitamin C helps maintain and support your skin for the best anti-aging trick. Grill red bell peppers until softly roasted and puree with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add this nutritious spread on top of grilled chicken or fish.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes are special because they contain a lot of lycopene and beta-carotene, which help your skin fight off sun damage, according to a published study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2012. Tomatoes also are loaded with vitamin C, with one cup equating to half of the daily value. Remember this is not an alternative to sunblock—make sure you are wearing at least SPF 30 when out in the sun. Try grilling tomatoes with olive oil on a skewer. Cooked tomatoes have more lycopene than in their natural form.
- Gazpacho: Gazpacho and other cold soups are very hydrating in summer, with the added bonus of getting nutrients in a form that can be easily absorbed by the body. Cold soups are not only refreshing during the hot days of summer—vitamin C can be destroyed by heat so cold soups are even more nutritious. It’s best to eat a cool gazpacho to get the most vitamins. You can also experiment with different recipes for cold fruit soups like cantaloupe or blueberry.
- Hibiscus Tea: Hibiscus tea is extremely high in antioxidants, including vitamin C, and anthocyanins. This lovely ruby red tea can also be found in tea blends with raspberry. Hibiscus tea works as a great alternative for syrups and sweet mixers. Include it as a base for margaritas and add agave and lime juice. It’s also good on its own—try it unsweetened for a refreshing summer iced tea.
Have fun in the sun by eating these seasonal beauty foods, and get that radiant glow of summer!