In summers, the only goal we have is to rejuvenate our mind, body & spirit. The key to achieve the same must be smaller but frequent snacks and meals. Smaller, but regular meals maintain the energy levels of a body. This also avoids sudden spikes and dips in sugar level. An appropriate combination of superfoods and fruits gets the much-needed boost that one needs to sustain.
Now, just dump those chips, cold drinks, high sugar junk food and have following foods!
Every fruit is fully loaded with vitamins. All fresh fruits, especially the ones with skins and seeds like apples, oranges, strawberries, peaches, etc are a great source of vitamins and fiber. In summers, it’s vital to have plenty of dietary fiber, potassium, niacin, Vitamin C and try to stay as hydrated as possible. Niacin lowers the risk of heart disorders and promotes cell tissue growth. Potassium not only regulates the fluid balance but also maintains the electrical stability of the heart and muscle cells.
Dried Apricots and Almonds
A combination of dried apricots and almonds provide a good amount of dietary fiber, vitamin A, iron, and protein. Both almonds and dried apricots are low in cholesterol and sodium. Nuts like almonds are low in carbohydrates, thus always a preferred choice for diabetics. Minerals like iron and copper promote the production of hemoglobin in our body. Luckily, you can find both the minerals in dried apricots. Vitamin A in apricots contributes to healthy and strong bone health, healthy vision and helps fight infection.
Raisins are a healthy, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium snack with sufficient amounts of copper, iron, and potassium. Surprisingly, when we mix raisins with low-fat yogurt, we get riboflavin i.e. vitamin B2 and a high amount of calcium. We all know the importance of calcium, it’s not only required for strong bones and teeth but also plays a vital role in the heart functioning.
Baby carrots and sesame sticks are a yummy treat that provides significant amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, iron, copper, potassium, beta carotene, and fiber. Vitamin K prevents and treats blood clotting and improves bone health and also prevents cardio-related diseases and cancer. One must have Vitamin A regularly so as to have a charming skin tone, better night vision and for respiratory ailments. Folate or vitamin B9 helps to form red blood cells, further break down proteins and plays a crucial role in cell growth and division.
Lotus seeds are loaded with a lot of protein, calcium, iron, zinc, etc. They tend to lower down the blood sugar levels, helps fight chronic diarrhea, and promotes weight loss. This superfood is a powerhouse! Tomorrow, when you go to the office, don’t forget to carry dry-roasted lotus seeds with a pinch of salt.
Eat Healthily, Live Healthy & Enjoy Life, but make sure you have everything in smaller quantities, especially when starting with any new food/fruit.
Article Credits: Janvee Garg | Chief Editor | LivePeppy
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