Summer's All About Healthy Eating - Here Are Some Of Our Picks!

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Summer's All About Healthy Eating - Here Are Some Of Our Picks!

Avocados - A great source of monounsaturated fat that can decrease the risk of heart disease, improve cholesterol levels, benefit brain function and is a great source of Vitamin E (antioxidant) and Vitamin B6 for healthy skin and energy. Recipe idea: Kale Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit

Beets - High in cancer fighting antioxidants, and full of Vitamins A, B, and C that bolster the immune system and help the body produce collagen. Also a source of potassium that supports organ function and fiber. Recipe idea: Spinach salad with Roasted Beets

Dates - For all of you sugar lovers, eat dates! A great sub for sugar and butter in baking and packed with fiber for digestive health, as well as other vitamins and minerals such as potassium, selenium, copper & magnesium. Great snack!

Eggs - Just 70 calories and 6 grams of protein make eggs one of the best super foods. Eggs support eye health as well – with antioxidants found in the yolks like lutein and zeaxanthin. The yolks also contain choline and Vitamin B, which are essential for brain function. Recipe idea: Brussels Sprouts and eggs scramble.

Kiwi - The super fruit of Vitamin C – 243 percent of the daily-recommended amount in just two of these – is a fantastic source of folate. Folate is essential for overall cell health and some studies have shown that it may even reduce the risk of heart disease and colon cancer. Recipe idea: Greek Yogurt and Kiwi Parfait

Nuts - Nutrient dense but manage your portions – can also be high in calories. Good source of protein and unsaturated fats that are good for your heart. Recipe idea: Add to salads to improve texture and taste

Oatmeal - A great source of whole grains that can help lower cholesterol, aid in digestion and improve your metabolism. Instant packets – while convenient – may have added sugars or additives so make your own… Recipe idea: Add oatmeal to your favorite protein shake and blend!

Quinoa - A little secret that’s getting out. Quinoa looks like rice but is nuttier and is a seed related to green leafy veggies, like kale. Quinoa is one of the only grains that provide the 9 essential amino acids our bodies cannot produce on our own. Very easy to make if you own a small rice cooker, minimal clean up and stays fresh for days in your fridge. Recipe idea: Perfect side dish to any fish, meat or poultry dish. Add chopped cilantro or some stewed beans.

Radishes - Studies suggest that radishes help prevent some cancers, including breast cancer, and may even aid in muscle recovery post workouts. Recipe idea: Fresh Snap Pea and Radish Salad

Salmon - You’ve heard all the hype and yes, it’s true. Salmon is full of healthy Omega-3s. Studies show that Omega 3s can help reduce cardiovascular disease. In addition, if you are concerned about sun exposure to your skin, omega 3s may also help protect the skin from UV-induced damage. Recipe idea: Baked Salmon with diced ginger and low sodium soy sauce

Watermelon - 48 calories per cup and full of water make watermelon the perfect summertime snack. Low in sugar and packed with Vitamin A and C, as well as other amino acids that help reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and that protect the body from UV rays. Recipe Idea: Watermelon Lime Ice Pops

Zucchini - Low calories! Just 20 calories per cup can yield a good dose of Vitamin C and B6, potassium, manganese and folate. Recipe idea: Great side to any summertime meal, sauté with some olive oil and chopped garlic. Add red pepper seeds for a kick!

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