So many summer foods boast both good nutrition and great flavor.
Summer is a season when getting the most nutritional bang for your bite is both easy and delicious. Wondering just how to do so? Here are some of our top tips.
• Start with what's in season. Peak season fruits and vegetables are flavorful and nutritious. Include a variety of them—from cantaloupe and cucumbers to peaches and peppers—in your meals and snacks for optimal health benefits.
• Focus on fresh. Canned and frozen foods make more sense during colder months. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and seafood make for delicious and healthy meals during the summer.
• Lighten up. While hearty casseroles and stews are comforting on chilly days, cold soups and light salads are perfect fare on hot days.
• Move side ingredients to center plate. When planning your meals, de-emphasize meat and move your focus to veggies and other healthy ingredients that typically appear as sides. Use the MyPlate icon as a guide. For instance, fill the majority of your plate with mixed greens and add some chopped chicken, dried cranberries, crumbled blue cheese and a drizzle of your favorite dressing. Or make a bento box-style meal with small amounts of a number of different fruits, vegetables, whole-grain sides and lean proteins.
• Rethink what you drink. Sneak extra fruits and veggies into your diet by juicing them. Make a beverage that's tasty but not too sweet.
• Do dessert differently. Instead of cookies or cake, try something a little more summery. Make a fresh berry and yogurt parfait or grill a few peach slices and top them with whipped cream and toasted almonds.
To learn more about nutrition or to find out how eating a healthy diet can benefit your health, talk with your doctor or dietitian. If you need help finding a doctor, use our online Find a Physician service or call our Physician Referral Line at 1-855-665-TMCP (8627).