Summer always comes with its own vibes – the clothes we wear, the activities we participate in, and even the foods we eat. The earth we live on gives us everything we need to live a healthy and thriving life in any weather; and when we eat the superfoods that are seasonally available, we are getting these fruits and vegetables when they are most abundant and nutrient dense. Here are some of the best superfoods to concentrate on in the summertime when the weather is warm.
Blueberries are super rich on antioxidants, potassium, and Vitamin C. Research has suggested they are important for fighting cancer. The tannins found in the fruit have been known to reduce a protein that plays a role in the metastasis of cancer. Another cruel disease blueberries can help against is Alzheimer’s.
As one of the very first veggies to make it to the farmer’s market in April, asparagus is rich in calcium, copper, folate, and iron in addition to vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6. The diuretic quality in asparagus helps to purge toxins from your system. The spears also contain soluble fiber and insoluble fiber, slow-digesting nutrients that keep you feeling full after a meal. Asparagus is also the best source of glutathione, an antioxidant that protects against cancer.
Beets are some of the lesser known superfoods out there. They’re not winning any beauty contests, but they are very healthy nevertheless. They are rich in folate, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Beets are also a great source for iron and magnesium. In recent lab studies, betanin pigments from beets have been shown to lessen the growth of tumor cells. Beets also boost energy and lower blood pressure.
They don’t look particularly delicious but fresh figs are an absolute powerhouse of a fruit. They are a rich source of fiber and potassium, which help control blood pressure. The fruit has a lot of calcium that’s vital for bone health. Fresh figs are also a good source for iron, vitamin B and manganese. You can eat them raw or add some feta cheese and honey for a more intense flavor.
Artichokes are very rich on antioxidants, according to studies. The vegetable is often used to cure liver diseases, and hangovers too. Artichokes are low on calories, contain no fat, have an enormous amount of potassium, vitamin C and magnesium, a nutrient many people are lacking. They are also a good source of fiber and inulin, which help the production of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Radishes do magic with the digestive system. They have a lot of Vitamin C, about a third of what you need a day. Don’t ignore the leaves. They are also rich in Vitamin C, but contain plenty of calcium and protein. If you don’t like the taste of raw radishes, add them to your smoothie. You’ll barely taste them but enjoy all of their benefits. Radishes get their red hue due to anthocyanins, a phytochemical that has been shown to burn fat and reduce the risk of diabetes.
Cauliflower, just like broccoli, belongs to the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. It is jam-packed with vitamins, manganese and omega-3s. It also has plenty of fiber, which is why it’s a good idea to replace white rice with this vegetable. To make it even easier on the stomach, sub potatoes with cauliflower as well.