Reprinted from SkinnyMom.com
Summer is here, and that means it’s time to whip out the tank tops, lather on some sunscreen and stock up on some delicious summer foods. These seasonal favorites are perfect for nights of entertaining and even hanging at the beach. So here are some of our top food picks that can make any hot, summer day pretty darn perfect.
Avocados are nature’s own moisturizer because they are rich in fatty acids, which is exactly what the body needs. They are a great staple to add to so many dips, salads, side dishes and even make a yummy sauce topper. So slice one up, and mix up a fabulous avocado dip.
Nothing says summer like shucking some fresh sweet corn from the farmers market. There are two antioxidants in corn, lutein and zeaxanthin, which help form pigment that protects your eyes from damaging rays. So chow down on that cob — just remember to go light on the butter!
Hands down, no matter what way you cook it, zucchini is the perfect summer veggie. With only 20 calories a cup, it provides tons of vitamin C and is both fat-free and cholesterol-free. Time to fire up that grill and throw this delicious veggie on for a yummy side dish. Or if you’re looking for a light snack, you can try some baked zucchini chips.
These scrumptious fruits are considered to be one of the best sources of antioxidants. These bite-sized berries protect your skin from damage and disintegration, keeping you looking younger longer. Plus, they are a fabulous addition to any nutrient-packed smoothie.
Packed with protein but light in calories, grilled chicken kabobs are the perfect summer dish. Add some veggies to the skewer for some yummy and delicious flavors. Our Skinny BBQ Chicken Kabob recipe is one that will leave your belly satisfied without packing on the pounds.
Taking a big bite of watermelon on a warm, summer day is a great way to rehydrate after being in the sun. Can you believe that watermelon is 90% water? All the more reason to bite in to this tasty summery snack!
Who doesn’t like a cold, freshly made cup of iced tea during a hot summer day? Tea has zero calories and tons of antioxidants, making it the perfect drink to sip on throughout the day. If you like it black or green, making your own using a tea bag is much better than anything out of a bottle.
Raspberries are full of fiber and can help lower cholesterol. In fact, according to the book, "Foods That Harm, Foods that Heal" by Reader’s Digest, eating more fiber can help prevent weight gain or even help you lose weight. Just one cup of raspberries adds up to 8 grams of fiber.
Summer time calls for light summer foods, and a fresh bowl of leafy greens is a definite front-runner for a summer meal. These leaves are full of antioxidents, vitamins A, B, and C, and a great source of iron. So eat as much as you want, because they’re low in calories, sodium and a great source of fiber. You really can’t go wrong with a nice fresh Pan Seared Salmon Citrus Salad on a warm summer night.
Bell peppers are the perfect food to add color to any recipe, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. These colorful bell peppers are high in vitamin C and low in calories, and would be perfect to add to your chicken kabobs. Or try our perfect Skinny Taco Stuffed Peppers.
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