Summer time! Fresh produce, a whole lotta lemonade, fishing by the lake, freshly barbecued trout and dinner by the patio overlooking your summer garden. Summer almost has a taste of its own. But as the mercury swells, the possibilities of running into unhealthy food options increase with that of fun resulting in the summer obvious: try skin problems, rashes, dehydration and bacterial diseases. The need is to address the problem from within by turning to healthy homemade food and prevent the aforementioned- better yet when many of summer’s fruits and vegetables are brimming with secret health benefits.
Here are some of our favorite picks for the coolest food and we’ll tell you why they’re a particularly good choice in the dog days of summer.
Corn & blueberry Salad:Rich in two antioxidants—lutein and zeaxanthin—corn can act like natural sunglasses, helping macular pigment to form that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays. Boil it, Roast it on the cobs, puree it or make a great summer salad with corn and blueberry: Unexpected as it might seem, the flavors come effortlessly alive in this lime and cumin laced salad..
Watermelon juice & salad: 80% water and full of vitamins, a glass of fresh watermelon juice can not only help your body be hydrated but also does wonders to your skin. If you are not the juice kind, toss this quick and easy salad with melon and cantaloupe. With its layers of cool sweetness, it will become a great dessert!
Raspberry trifle with yogurt: Raspberries are a great source of fiber and it also aids in preventing weight gain or even promote weight loss. Make trifle your go to dessert this summer and replace cream with yogurt for a healthy spin.
Blueberry pancakes:Looking for a great breakfast? Go ahead and include the blueberries in it this summer for it can help you do away with muscular fatigue. Summer is a season of sports and blueberries carefully counter it.
Salsa: Substitute your daily chip dip with a healthy salsa that’ll not only be a treat but also fill in those missing vitamins.
The brouhaha surrounding home cooked food is not actually for no reason. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 76 million people are poisoned by food each year in the United States. This is mainly due to the food-borne pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that can harm or even kill you. Statistics suggests that forty cents of every U.S dollar spent on food is for prepared foods (which include restaurant food too) and which allows for more possibility of consuming cheap foods. Going by the statistics, cheap food can be either prepared when labour is low or the demand. The demand is high, which leaves us with a less paid chef who may or may not be experienced handlers, posing a greater risk of improper cooking and contamination of foods. At home, the risk is completely eliminated. To add, you can regulate temperature, oil, quality and salt in your home cooked food making it directly translates to better food- a criteria you must keep in check this summer.