10 summer fuel foods for a summer of fun

When you need fuel for the summer, incorporate these 10 items into your diet.

Health Nutrition Koelen Andrews

This article was published on August 3rd, 2019

Here are 10 summer fuel foods that can make you healthier and keep you powered up for all your adventures this summer: 

Water. Though not a food, H20 is first on the list because it is the main building block of the body and essential for maintaining a good energy level through a properly functioning metabolism. Water is key in digestion, staying cool, and giving you the energy you need to get through some of the hotter activities of the summer.        

Avocados. These super foods are high in the right kind of fat, protein, fiber, and contain some of the highest levels of folate, potassium, vitamin E, and magnesium of all fruits.

Blueberries. The wonder berries that fight cancer and heart disease are also natural anti-inflammatory agents. They’re also high in vitamin C and  potassium, providing extra energy in every bite.

Spinach. Make like Popeye and get in plenty of this dark green leaf. Loaded with fiber and protein, spinach is a great green to include in your summer eating routine. 

Gazpacho. Nobody wants hot soup during the summer months. But the Spanish remedied this with the creation of gazpacho— a chilled vegetable soup of sorts. Basically a hodgepodge of whatever fruits and vegetables you want to blend together, gazpacho is a great lunchtime treat and power energy snack.

Ceviche. On the other side of the world, there is the Peruvian answer to gazpacho: ceviche. Often served cold and as a main course or appetizer, ceviche is a medley of shrimp or fish cured in citrus juice and mixed with peppers, onions, cilantro, lemon, and lime, with additional ingredients like avocado and tomatoes being added in some areas. Ceviche makes for a refreshing, yet filling course.

Turkey burgers. Summertime is all about grilling food outdoors. Switch out your standard beef patty burger with a turkey or veggie burger. These are always leaner, healthier than beef and are high in protein. Take advantage of the barbecue and grill up a turkey burger.

Watermelon. The summertime fruit is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Watermelons also contain a high level of magnesium and potassium and are made up 90% of water. You’ll get plenty of fuel from eating some slices of watermelon.

Cucumber. Adding even a few slices of cucumber to your water and daily summer diet can help you lose wait and gain back lost energy. Because cucumbers are more than 90% water, they promote hydration. High in fiber and low in calories make cucumbers a healthy summer fuel snack.

Cashews. Most nuts contain a high fat content than cashews, and the majority of a cashew’s fat is unsaturated fatty acids. Cashews are high in protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. When looking for an easy snack that will get you through to the next meal, go with the cashew.

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