11 Summer Diet Foods You Have to Try

Add these foods to your diet for a healthier summer.

11 Summer Diet Foods You Have to Try

By Toni Gasparis

Summer can be a glorious time of year. However, with hot and sunny days also comes the need for indulgence in treats like ice cream, fruity cocktails, and other foods that aren’t super healthy for you. Check out these summer foods that are fresh, flavorful, and will help you keep your diet healthy and under control.


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Watermelon

As its name suggests, watermelon is made up of mostly water. This makes it the perfect summertime snack because it’s low in calories and loaded with vitamins A and C. Watermelon is also a great source of the antioxidant lycopene. One study showed that lycopene helps to protect your skin from sun damage from within! So add watermelon to your diet this summer to enjoy a great-tasting treat and protect yourself from the sun at the same time (just be sure to still use sunscreen). Cool down in the summer heat with a refreshing cup of watermelon – at only 44 calories per cup!

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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