Summer is finally just around the corner, and along with warm sunshine and baseball, we can look forward to the abundance of fresh and delicious produce. As an added bonus, many of summer’s fruits and vegetables are healthy choices and bursting with secret health benefits. So fire up the grill, grab a frosty beverage, and make the most of the best time of year with these healthy, seasonal ingredients.
Nothing says summer season quite like fresh sweet corn on the grill. Corn is packed with antioxidants that may help lower your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60.
It’s not summer without that first bite into a juicy slice of watermelon. Packed with antioxidants like vitamin C, beta carotene, and lycopene, watermelon is the best natural thirst quencher on a hot summer day. In addition to delivering skin-protecting lycopene, watermelon is 92% water, which can help keep you feel satisfied on fewer calories.
Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which may help prevent prostate cancer. Additionally, consuming more lycopene may protect your skin from sunburn. Use fresh tomatoes to create a summer salad with basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar for a delicious and healthy meal.
Drinking tart cherry juice can help you get a better night’s sleep and minimize post-workout pain. Furthermore, compounds in tart cherries may help you slim down: The anthocyanins in this fruit activate a molecule that helps increase fat burning and decrease fat storage.
Raspberries are a great source of fiber and are rich in ellagic acid, a phytochemical that may help prevent cancer. They also have high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, which help support the immune system.
Looking for other ways to kick off a healthy summer season? Try these heart-healthy foods, fitness trackers, or health apps for a healthier you! And make sure that you have health insurance coverage to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you’re still uninsured, call 888-322-7557 to speak directly with one of GoHealth’s licensed agents, or start shopping online.