Try These Summertime foods

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Try These Summertime foods

As the weather grows warmer we often become more active and participate in a variety of outdoor activities. An ideal summer diet is light and filled with fresh foods with high water content. Foods that have a bitter taste are good to consume because of their healing effect upon the heart.

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For optimal summer diet, add in: raw fruits, fresh salads, cool soups and light meals consisting of grains and vegetables. Sprouted vegetables and grains can also be mixed in with your foods or a variety of dishes to help maintain a cool body temperature. Grains to include are gluten-free of course like quinoa, brown or white rice, and even sweet potatoes!

Optimal Digestion

For better digestion and assimilation of nutrients, avoid mixing too many foods together at one sitting. Fruits and juicier foods are best eaten alone or between meals. Try adding a little ginger into your smoothies or juices or even having ginger tea during the day!

Learn more about benefits of Ginger, by reading our previous post, here.

As a rule of thumb, eat heavier meals in the morning or evening. This type of summer diet can help you feel lighter in the heat of the day, maintain your energy, and aid in weight loss.

Chinese Medicine view of nutrition, explained

Each organ has a specific flavor that affects it. Foods with a bitter taste stimulate the function of the heart.  These include green leafy vegetables such as endive, escarole, lettuce, and watercress. Coffee, tea, and chocolate. These foods can nourish the heart, but consumed in excess do more harm than good.

Summer invites us to become more active. Just be sure to stay hydrated by consuming enough water, juices, and herbal teas.

Summertime foods

Try these sample recipes:

Summertime smoothie

2 large frozen bananas

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

2 1/2 cups rice milk (or coconut milk)

1/2 tsp. mint extract

1 tbsp. almond butter (or any other nut butter)

  • Peel bananas and freeze them overnight.
  • Place all ingredients in a blender and pureé.

Cool-Out Summer Salad

6 medium tomatoes

2 small cucumbers

4 radishes, sliced

2 scallions, minced

1 large dill or sour pickle, minced

1 bell pepper, minced

1/2 cup green olives, sliced

1/2 cup red onion, minced

1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 – 2 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice

salt and pepper to taste

  • Allow salad to marinate for 1 hour.
  • Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze out and discard seeds.
  • Then cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Toss all ingredients together.
  • Serve cool or room temperature.

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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