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Benefits of superfoods in your summer diet

Eating healthy goodies to keep you feeling great

As we see the summer months slowly creeping up on us, it gets us thinking about the fresh fruits and vegetables at grocery stores and farmers’ markets that will be in season at last. Summer is the perfect time to add some extra healthy foods in our diets through smoothies, acai bowls, and fresh salads.

You may hear a lot about superfoods, but what are they? Superfoods offer maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories. These foods are abundant in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, but are extremely delicious — especially in the summer.  

Superfood fruits such as berries, cherries, watermelon, and kiwi are essential in the summer. Not only do these provide an alternative source of hydration, but they are rich in fibre, and vitamins A and C. Consuming fruits in a way that suits you best is the best approach to incorporating superfoods in your diet, along with their versatility in providing minimal calories while giving you the greatest nutritional benefits. 

Summer is usually filled with sunshine and, for the most part, we are able to get enough vitamin D, but people who work indoors may not get outside as much as they need to over the summer to soak up the sun. Therefore, they require a healthy source of vitamin D in their diets to ensure they are fulfilling those requirements. Incorporating lemons and oranges are important for those who need a little extra vitamin D. Like other superfoods, they are also a source of antioxidants known as flavonoids. These can be used in lemonades, freshly squeezed orange juice, and fruit salads. Certain superfood carbohydrates and grains that provide the same benefits are black beans, quinoa, and chia seeds. Chia seeds are great in yogurt parfaits, especially for those hot days.

There are tons of superfoods that help you stay fit and healthy in the summer. So try a couple out this summer, you’ll be glad you did!

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