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Here in Southern California we are just a few weeks away from the the start of summer fruit season. Some of my favorite fruits have already starting popping up at the local organic market and my fruit obsession is in serious overdrive. Along with some delicious fruits here are a few other foods I’m loving right now.
Watermelon can help relax blood vessels, improving circulation and gives you a sweet treat with nutrients that benefit your body. Watermelon’s citrulline converts into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and circulatory system.
Watermelon and fresh watermelon juice contain more lycopene and beta carotene than tomatoes and tomato juice do. Dark red watermelons are particularly rich in these protective phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are natural plant compounds that trigger positive health effects in the body.
Pineapple definitely ranks as one of my top 5 favorite fruits. It’s juicy and sweet and full of health benefits. Can you guess my favorite part of the pineapple? Would you believe it’s the core?! I love the crunchy middle and good thing too – the core is loaded with vitamins and nutrients and is the most nutritious part of the whole fruit!
Just this week my family and I enjoyed our first round of fresh corn on the cob for the season. It was so fantastically good and I’ve been craving more ever since. I’m a big fan of grilled corn hot off the grill but I also love adding to recipes and enjoying it’s sweet flavor. My three favorite corn recipes - Grilled Corn Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing, Summer Sweet Potato Salad with Garlic Dijonnaise and Naked Quesadillas.
4. Summer Salads
I know it’s not technically summer yet but these salads are so delicious and healthy that I’ve started eating them a teeny bit early. I bought my first bag of summer cherries just 2 days ago and while half the bag disappeared on the car trip home I did save enough to make my favorite I’m Just Peachy Salad. A couple of my other favorite summer treats - Smoky Ranch Potato Salad (cause what summer cookout would be complete without a potato salad?!) and Massaged Greens with Avocado Dressing.
5. Homemade Ice Cream
This past week we had a little mini heat wave and summer temps made a brief appearance. It rarely gets really hot here so when it does there is no better excuse to break out some homemade ice cream. Everyone in my family loves this Guilt Free Banana-licious Ice Cream. It’s so easy to make, no ice cream maker needed, and it’s so healthy you won’t feel bad about going back for seconds (or maybe even thirds!).
Do you ever find yourself craving or obsessing over a food so much that you go to the grocery store 4 times a week just to stock up? No? Just me? Well, call it a craving or just an intense need but here are the 5 foods that I’m loving right now.
I’ve been on a serious citrus kick lately and I have no desire to stop. I’m LOVING me some grapefruit right now. I have one for breakfast every single morning – no sugar required with this fruit. Not sold yet? Here’s just a small list of reasons why you should stock up on this amazing fruit. Grapefruit is excellent as a weight loss tool. It is said that the smell of grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger. This is one of the reasons why people include grapefruit in their weight loss programs. High fiber contained in this fruit can satisfy hunger and thus, avoid any overeating temptation. Have a fever ? Eat grapefruit! The pulp or the juice of grapefruit provides assistance to the patient to recover more easily from the fever. It can also help reduce the burning sensation that occurs during a high temperature. Can’t sleep? Eat a grapefruit (and please skip the glass of milk!). A simple glass of grapefruit juice, if drunk before going to bed, can promote healthy and deep sleep thus, alleviate insomnia.
2. Red Quinoa
While not as popular as it’s white counterpart, red quinoa is just as nutritious and hearty. Red quinoa is a complete protein and contains high amounts of fiber, folate, iron and zinc. Red quinoa has slightly more nutritional benefits than white quinoa and in the cooler months I love using this hearty seed. Try using some red quinoa in our Roasted Tomato and Quinoa Soup or Quinoa Pizza Bake - your belly will thank you!
3. Delicata Squash
Ever since I made my Warm Delicata Kale Salad I’ve been loving the creamy rich taste of this squash. Lately I’ve been cutting them into strips and baking them in the oven – they are a delicious substitute for the boring french fry. I’ve also been known to stuff one with some red quinoa (are you surprised?!) and my favorite vegetables. Bake in the oven and you have an amazing dinner or lunch waiting for you. If you haven’t tried this fantastic squash yet make sure you pick up a few before the season is over – you won’t be sorry!
4. Caesar Salad
Ok, I know technically this is not a food but a meal but I can’t seem to eat enough of this dish lately. I’m ashamed to admit how much romaine lettuce I’ve been purchasing lately. There is just something about the creamy dressing, crisp lettuce and crunchy croutons that make my mouth water! Best salad ever!
I told you I was on a citrus kick! I just adore these little fruits. And they are little which means it’s totally ok that I eat like 5 or 6 a day, right? Did you know that each clementine has around 22 mg of calcium? I can’t think of a more delicious way to get my calcium each day! The goodness doesn’t stop there either. Just one clementine contains 131 mg of potassium which is an essential element for a healthy body. Studies also show that the sweet aroma of this fruit is very calming. The scent triggers a neurotransmitter called serotonin in the brain. When serotonin is released, it gives you a ‘feel good’ feeling. That’s one powerful little fruit!
So, what foods are you loving lately?