Wanting to eat more plant-based superfoods these days? You're in luck, because this list is filled with some of the healthiest summer veggie superfoods out there!
it comes to summer eating, I get so excited to whip up healthy picnic dishes (hello, avocado deviled eggs recipe!) and anything with grilled vegetables, like an
easy vegan power bowl. I
love attending summer parties just as much as I enjoy hosting, and part of that is because I get to share healthy superfoods with the people I care about.
Speaking of superfood trends, I'll be honest with you. I don't love the term "superfood." It implies that other healthy foods are less superior, or if that you were to eat only kale for the foreseeable future that that would be a good thing.
So before we get into a conversation about summer superfoods, I want to make a few things clear: Yes, you should incorporate the foods I'm about to share with you into a healthy, balanced diet. No, you shouldn't exclude other healthy foods, unless they're ones that you choose not to eat. And yes, you can eat too much of a good thing. Even calories from multiple servings of banana-based chocolate nice cream add up!
Superfoods for Men and Women
One of the reasons we're talking about superfoods is that I recently wrote a two-part series for Reader's Digest about the best summer superfoods for men and women. In these articles, I've gathered some of the healthiest foods. You'll see that eggs are on the list, and they taste fab with basil and tomato. Yum!
I'd like to add a few more deliciously healthy eats to the list of summer superfoods:
Bell peppers: Pretty much any veggie is on the "eat" list. But did you know green and yellow bell peppers can help your skin health? Yup, they can help decrease wrinkling in the crow’s foot area! They're delicious sliced and paired with guacamole, or in a grilled corn salad.
Wild blueberries: I add frozen wild blueberries to anything from a blueberry peanut butter smoothie to wild blueberry lemon nice cream.The berries are rich in anthocyanins, which may benefit your brain health, heart health, and even your skin health. You can purchase fresh wild blueberries for a short time in the summer.
Asparagus: This is such a delicious gem of a summer vegetable! For just about 30 calories per cup, you get fiber, protein, immunity-helping vitamin C, and disease-fighting vitamin E. Grill up asparagus, or roast up lemon garlic asparagus. Jarred pickled asparagus makes a delightfully light appetizer!
Pulses: A staple of the Mediterranean diet, chickpeas, lentils, beans, and dried peas are one of the easiest ingredients that can quickly add filling protein and fiber to a summer dish. The canned variety makes doing so even easier! I like to whip up a lupini bean salad or a white bean pizza.
Amy's Recipe of the
Week: Healthy Fruit
We've talked about how good berries are for your health. So why not add 'em to a dessert pizza? This fruit pizza also makes a great after-camp snack for kids or a quick no-bake dish to bring to a summer potluck. All you need on hand is flatbread, cream cheese, and fruit!
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