The summer is here! Days are longer, the nights are best spent outdoors and the temperature is the highest of the year. With the heat, come lighter meals and snacks. Nothing is more refreshing than fresh fruit in the middle of these sweltering days and nothing satisfies quite like cold crisp lettuce in a salad. If you think that you are not a fruit or veggie lover, maybe this year is different. After all, summer is the best time to try new things!
Most of summer's fresh fruits and vegetables are low on the glycemic index because they are high in fiber. In other words, these are the foods that not only help you lose weight, but also reduce the risk of heart disease, keep you feeling full longer, and re-fuel carbohydrate stores after warm-weather exertion. For nutritious, low-glycemic summer fruits, think watermelon, musk melon, tomatoes, kiwi, and all kinds of berries. As for healthy summer veggies, give cucumber, yellow summer squash, Brussels sprouts, garden-fresh lettuce, or radishes a try. So head on out to your local farmer's market and stock up on the life-giving summer harvest foods. Your body will love you for it!