Summer is just around the corner and we cannot wait! Here are 4 foods to get you into the summer spirit and keep you feeling your best.
Summer is hardly complete until you’ve sunk your teeth into a hunk of juicy watermelon, juice running down your face (or arms). Watermelon is high in vitamin C, which can act like a natural antihistamine, which comes in handy with all of the pollen flying around during the summer. It’s also a good source of both potassium and magnesium, both of which help the body maintain proper electrolyte balance to keep you hydrated on those hot summer days.
Although berries are available year round in most grocery stores, they are usually imported from outside of the country and the flavor doesn’t quite compare to the berries of summer, fresh from the farm or farmer’s market. Recent research on blueberries showed a positive effect between blueberry consumption and age-related cognitive decline. Eating berries can protect against oxidative stress which has been linked to neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s as well as heart disease, certain cancers, Type 2 Diabetes, and premature aging. This is why we’ve packed our A-Game Greens Blend with berries!
Cherries are a rich source of anthocyanins and antioxidants that support against premature aging. Other chemical compounds in cherries help prevent gout and arthritis. Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant hormone, which supports normal biorhythms and healthy sleep. Cherries are also a great source of fiber, providing about 3 grams per cup of cherries.
So, not technically a food, but since iced tea and summertime are nearly synonymous, we had to put it on the list. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins, and boasts many potential health benefits including potential protection against certain cancers, dementia, heart disease and stroke. That’s why we reached for green tea extract when we wanted to add an antioxidant punch to our Super Skoop Plant-Based Protein All-in-One Nutritional Shake.
Cheers to warmer weather, delicious in-season produce, and more time spent outside. Make sure to keep yourself fueled up right for all your summer adventures – check out Healthy Skoop if you’re looking for some organic whole-food nutrition made convenient!
By Dr. James Rouse, Naturopathic Doctor and Co-founder of Healthy Skoop