1. Fruit, Glorious Fruit!
My absolute favorite part of summer is the variety of ripe, delicious fruit that’s available. Watermelon, strawberries, pineapple, blackberries…it’s all in season so it’s all cheap and at the peak of flavor.
Combine watermelon, strawberries, and banana in a blender with a splash of orange juice and ice for a nutrient-dense and fabulous summer smoothie. Bonus! Add a handful of kale or spinach for added health benefits with no change to the sweet flavor.
2. Grill ALL THE THINGS
Grilling is not only delicious, but it’s a healthy option for preparing an unlimited number of foods. Besides the usual hamburgers and hot dogs (which are severely lacking in the health department), vegetables like zucchini, Portobello mushrooms, and peppers are amazing on the grill!
Slice peppers, zucchini, and/or mushrooms into strips and tuck them into a foil packet with a drizzle of olive oil and spices to taste. Seal the packet and grill it for 20 minutes, or until veggies are tender. Open it up and revel in the amazing natural flavors of summer.
3. Stay Hydrated
The most important and vastly overlooked summer tip is to stay hydrated! Higher temperatures mean that the body loses water at an accelerated rate. Water is necessary not only for the proper function of organs in the body, but for healing that wicked sunburn as well!
Not a fan of plain water? Freeze lemon and cucumber slices and toss them in your water bottle with fresh mint leaves for a 0 calorie spa water experience for only a few dollars. Frozen berries are another great option to keep your water cool with just a hint of flavor.