Summertime is a time of fun in the sun with friends, family – and food. But with all the summer indulgences, it’s important to take time to cool down and give your gut a much-needed dose of TLC. Here are my top 5 foods and drinks to keep cool, slim and healthy – amid the heat of summer:
Organic black rice is high in flavonoids that fight off free radicals at a cellular level. They help with antioxidant retention while protecting against stressors and toxins1. Organic black rice is also high in polyphenols that are packed with antioxidants and can help achieve a “skinny gut.”
This rice is low on the glycemic index, meaning that it is full of good carbohydrates that fuel the body instead of bogging it down. Enjoy ½ cup cooked rice with your meal.
Pineapple is always a summertime favorite, and also has many health benefits along with being a tasty snack. Pineapple contains high amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that is great for aiding digestion. This makes it the perfect addition to any summer spread. I love ½ cup of pineapple, topped with some whipped coconut cream.
Hibiscus is not only responsible for giving this favorite tea a rich red color, but with high levels of heart-protecting compounds, it works to protect the heart during summertime heat as you sip! It can aid clogged arteries, ease hypertension and drinking four cups daily can even lower high blood pressure. Hibiscus tea is my summertime herbal tea of choice. You can enjoy 2-4 cups daily — try it iced as a tasty way to cool down (and be sure it’s organic)!
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “cool as a cucumber”. The saying comes from the simple fact that cucumber is naturally cooling and high in silica. Silica, a compound that is also good for hair and nail growth and strength, promotes collagen production that is great for the skin. Silica is not easily found in most other fruits or vegetables and is known to counteract aluminum in the body. Traces of the mineral silicon are also responsible for building healthy bones and blood vessels2. Put two ounces in your favorite juice mix or enjoy cucumber sliced and diced and marinated in a little apple cider vinegar and dill for a simple summer side.
#5: Refreshing Summer Sips
Hydration is incredibly important during the heat of summer months. Try these refreshing additions to purified water as alternatives to sugary drinks to keep you cool!
Adding these ingredients will have your body, and your tastebuds thanking you! I hope these 5 delicious ways to beat the summer heat and slim down has provided you with some beneficial information.
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