Summer can be a season of gluttony, which is at odds with the fact that it’s also when we venture outdoors in a bathing suit.
From hamburgers to hot dogs to fried everything (pickles, oysters, Snickers and just about any food you can put into a deep fryer at a county fair), there’s no lack of fatty, greasy, delicious things to tempt you. But it’s wise to make an effort to eat well – at least some of the time – to help your body stay healthy, boost your immune system, and keep hydrated.
Here are eight of Cold-EEZE’s favorite summer foods.
1. Corn on the Cob. Chock full of vitamins and minerals, corn has the same amount of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. Just don’t slather it in butter, since that’s what can make it unhealthy.
2. Tomatoes. are also full of nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and fiber, and summer is really the time you want to be eating them for your taste buds’ sake. For a light but delicious lunch, we recommend sliced tomato sandwiches with a thin spread of mayonnaise.
3. Watermelon. At 46 calories a cup, it’s basically the healthiest summer dessert going. And since it’s 91.5% water, eating watermelon is also a handy trick for staying hydrated.
4. Iced tea. Clearly a healthier alternative to sugary colas and soft drinks, iced tea is also full of antioxidants (even some of the quick and easy “convenience” iced teas that you make from liquid concentrate or from cold-brew tea bags.) Not to mention the fact that it’s hydrating.
5. Gazpacho. Invented in Spain, gazpacho is a cold soup made with raw vegetables, usually with a tomato base. It’s light and refreshing and perfect for roasting summer days. Here’s a great recipe from Ina Garten.
6. Shrimp cocktail. It’s a high-protein, low-calorie salad topper or standalone snack. (You don’t have to save it for parties.) A 3.5-ounce serving is less than 100 calories.
7. Grilled chicken. So you love cooking outside on your grill, but you’re concerned that all the usual barbecue fare (burgers and hot dogs) isn’t good for you? For a lighter alternative, try grilling some chicken. A three-ounce cooked skinless chicken breast has just three grams of fat and 138 calories. Of course, there are many other healthy yet mouth-watering things you can throw on the grill. Like grilled pineapple. Or grilled salmon, if you eat fish.
8. Cole slaw (tangy, not creamy). Not all coleslaw needs to drown in mayonnaise, and Pinterest is full of healthy recipes. Here’s a colorful one with grilled corn, carrot and cabbage in a cilantro and lime dressing.
Do you have favorite healthy summer foods – or healthy summer recipes – we didn’t mention?