I don’t know where you live, but here in ATL it has felt like summer for the last month, and if I am being really honest, probably the last six weeks– so, it’s hard to believe that the first day of summer is today! I remember when I was a little girl that this was always one of my favorite days. I grew up in Illinois where school didn’t let out for summer until sometimes the second week of June, so this was always the official start to my summer ahead! Bring on all the BBQ’s, late nights by the pool, ice cream for lunch and summer memories. As i’ve gotten older and experienced two pregnancies during the summer months I like to trick myself into thinking that I am no longer a summer girl (because, let’s be real– 95 degrees by 10am isn’t fun when you’re carrying a life inside of you), but the truth is, I will always be a summer girl. Aside from all of the amazing bonuses that come with summer, the food line up is another of my absolute favorites! Below I am going to share with you a list of all of the seasonally fresh summer foods that you need to be eating! The benefit of eating what’s fresh is that 1) you know the quality is better and 2) the prices will always be better (because there is an excess available!) Be on the lookout for new summer fresh recipes coming your way. I have been SO excited to share cooking videos with you guys in my new kitchen and I am almost 100% ready to do so!
1. Water. Okay, I know, this may be a weird one to start with considering that we are always told to “drink enough water,” but the truth is that you can not only drink, but eat, your water! Focusing on foods that have a high water content will help you to avoid dehydration!
2. Avocado. I am so happy that avocados have become more popular in the recent years– they are now almost a “trendy” food, which honestly, is probably one of the best things that could have happened for the health of Americans! The good fats that are found in avocados are so great for many of our bodily functions and going against what was believed for a long time– avocados can actually help you to lose weight and benefit our waistline. If you’re a beauty freak, look no further than the avocado to nourish your skin from the inside out. Recipe recommendation: Avocado toast. My avocado toast is available on my IG highlights, but I plan to blog it here in the next few days as well!
3. Banana. If any of you played sports growing up, you probably know that bananas are high in potassium– important for lowering blood pressure, regulating nerve function and supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. Bananas are super high in vitamin C and B6, and not to mention, they’re known as natures “hangover cure.” You’re welcome. Recipe recommendation: Healthy Banana Bread
4. Cucumber. Water content 95%, known to reduce inflammation (hello, this is why we place them under our eyes when we do “spa days,”) eliminate toxins, help with digestive problems, and helps with collagen production. Recipe recommendation: in Italy & Greece we call this the Villager’s Salad: slice a few fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, drizzle with EVO, salt & pepper, chill prior to serving.
5. Dark Chocolate. My love language– the darker, the better. For a “healthy” chocolate, aim for at least 85% cocoa content. Dark Chocolate is anti-inflammatory, helps body to release dopamine and to boost mood!
6. Lime. Metabolism boosting, beneficial for the complexion: naturally antibiotic in nature so they help to keep the skin clear and prevent breakouts (super important during the sweaty, sticky, summer months). Recipe recommendation: add a few slices to your water daily.
7. Mint. Known to help with soothing the stomach and digestion, mint is beneficial as well for reducing bloat. Add mint to your dishes, and water bottle for a flatter stomach by the end of the day!
8. Strawberries. Rich in vitamin C, which is known as the “radiance restoring” vitamin– you will find vitamin C as one of the main ingredients in any “radiance boosting” beauty product, promise– but, you’ll spend a whole lot more on one little ounce of beauty serum than you will on an entire bowl of berries! Also known to fight free-radicals, which is super important during the summer months when we spend more time outdoors and in the sun. Recipe recommendation: slice some fresh berries and watermelon, top with mint and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for a healthy and beautiful after dinner treat.
9. Tomatoes. So important for our skin, the tomato is packed with lycopene (what gives them their red color). Lycopene is so important for boosting the skin’s natural UV defense– some research claims that having a diet that consists of high amounts of lycopene can be protective of certain types of cancers. Recipe recommendation: the same “villagers salad” listed under cucumber!
. Literally, edible water– and if you ask me, the official food of summer. There is nothing like coming in from a hot day to a super cold slice of watermelon, literally, the best. Made up of roughly 93% water, watermelon is great for rehydrating the skin, boosting collagen, and boosting vitamin A&C. Lycopene (same as what gives tomatoes their red color) is found in watermelon, which works almost as an “internal sunscreen” protecting us from free radicals. Recipe recommendation: same as listed next to strawberries!
in the midst of winter, i’ve found within me, an invincible summer. xo, G