Summer foods to keep you healthy and hydrated

With the extreme heat and high humidity in Southwest Florida, summer foods need to help keep you healthy and hydrated.

You need to eat foods that are light, refreshing, and boost your energy. Otherwise, the blazing sun and thick air can make you feel lazy, dehydrated and sluggish.

Here are a few of the must-have summer foods you need to incorporate into your diet to help you beat the heat!

Summer foods that hydrate

Watermelons, strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, and oranges are your hydration heroes. They give your body the fluids it needs when the heat is on. The high water content of these fruits not only keeps you cool and hydrated but also keeps you feeling full.

Keep your body cool

Summer and heat go hand-in-hand. That’s why many people suffer from heatstroke, dehydration, and exhaustion when it’s summertime. However, foods such as mint, green leafy vegetables, onions, celery, and mushrooms can help protect your body against heat. They assist in keeping your body cool, allowing you to power through the summer months.

Boost your energy

The heat and humidity during summer can leave you feeling lethargic. But, by eating foods such as Greek yogurt or salads made with tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, and cucumber, you can keep your body from feeling sluggish. These foods help you retain essential nutrients. Grilled chicken and corn are also great dishes that are light on your stomach and highly nutritious.

If you’re looking for foods you can take to parties and picnics, fresh vegetable salads like tomatoes, broccoli, red onions topped with light balsamic vinaigrette are your best choice. These would stay fresh in the heat. Avoid heavy foods and any dishes that spoil quickly in the heat.

In addition to these food choices, our fresh, delicious prepared meal plans are designed to give you the nutrition and energy you need. We offer a variety of refreshing, light dishes from salads to grilled salmon.