Fun Summer Eats, for Your Health!

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Did you know a healthy diet improves your mental health as well as your physical health?  Eating healthy can often be harder than it sounds though.  If you’re tired of the same old broccoli, carrots, spinach and apples, try a bite (or six) of some of these fun summer eats that are guaranteed to make you look and feel great.

Lychee- You’ll find this delicious and nutritious little grape-like fruit in bubble tea or as a topping at one of the many frozen yogurt chains.  Lychee contains the second highest level of heart-healthy polyphenols of all fruits tested.  Try adding lychee into your next stir-fry or kebab for some added sweetness, minus the sugar.

Guava- Native to South America, this tasty fruit contains five times the amount of Vitamin C as a medium orange, in just one cup!  Not sure how to eat guava? Try making a smoothie by blending ½ banana, ½ ripe guava, a handful of strawberries, ½ cup of soy milk and a few ice cubes. Mmm mmm.

Dark Chocolate- Yes, I said it! Mark my words; dark chocolate is good for you!  Dark chocolate contains flavonoid antioxidants (three times more than milk chocolate), which help keep blood platelets from sticking together, and may even help unclog your arteries.  Try dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa.  How does 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips paired with some fresh berries on a cool summer afternoon sound?

Sweet Potatoes- Who doesn’t love French fries? How about trading in a normal potato for a potato of the sweeter kind?  Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for protecting/maintaining the health of your eyes, skin, lining of the respiratory system, urinary and intestinal tracts.  No need to think of new recipes, just substitute a Russet potato for a sweet one.

Greek Yogurt- A popular afternoon treat, Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein. It also contains very rich amounts of immune-boosting bacteria.  Throw some of your favorite summer berries in a bowl and cover them with your favorite flavor of non-fat Greek yogurt for a healthy tasty summer snack.

As with any food you eat, moderation helps maintain a balanced diet. For example, as much as we’d love to gobble down a truck load of dark chocolate, eating more than a serving in a sitting counteracts the positive effects. Try combining a serving of dark chocolate with ½ a cup of Greek yogurt, and you’ve got yourself a balanced, tasty and filling treat! Enjoy!

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