Monday, June 20, 2011

The Summer Food Advantage

During the summer, you have a lot of things to do. You've got to stay well hydrated, soak up some sun to get all that precious vitamin D, build a few sandcastles, and catch some waves. However, if you don't take advantage of the many great foods that grow in abundance during the warmer months, you're missing out.

But, if you are like some of my clients and friends, you may need some convincing in order to go off and buy those summer foods. In that case, try out these reasons to see how they taste.

They're Colorful: Nothing says summer like bright, fun colors! With that in mind, remember that color is the part of the vegetable or fruit that holds phyto-nutrients and antioxidants in abundance.

In fact, if you want to boost your diet's health rating, you should be looking to ass a wide variety of colors to your meal. Aside from being pretty on the plate, they’re pretty healthy for your body & mind, too!

Speaking of Healthy: Because fruits and vegetables grow in such great abundance during the summer months, they are extremely convenient to find and easy to prepare. Heck, forget about cooking! Most fruits and veggies taste their best in the raw! Seriously! Have you ever tried a red bell pepper cut in strips and a side of hummus? It makes a great and tasty snack!

They're Cheaper: Sure, while globalization makes it possible to get oranges and tomatoes any time of the year, those same foods are much cheaper when they're in season. And, in case you haven't noticed, they're also much tastier when in season, too. : )

Look for my next posting where I’ll review great ways to incorporate these summer foods into your diet!

Until next time – Live Life Well,
John Aaron Villarreal
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