Nutrition

July|Aug 2017

Hydrate to Feel Great

Just as we fill our cars with gas for our summertime trips, our bodies need water to fuel up to reach peak performance for our minds, bodies, and even our skin.  This is especially important in the summertime heat.  Use water to help regulate body temperature and prevent overheating.

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Stay away from Soda

One can of soda takes 30 minutes of walking, 20 minutes of biking, or 15 minutes of running to burn off.

Instead drink seltzer

If you are craving a fizzy drink, seltzer has the bubbles, without the sugar.

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Snack Chat

Summer Garden POWER foods

Summertime is the perfect time to explore the garden, or more likely, the produce section of your local grocery store to try cool, crunchy vegetables. If veggies haven’t been “your thing”, that’s OK. Start out with your favorites or try a few and then add others. Also, serve them with dips like hummus (there are many flavors), nut butter, or a yummy creamy basil Greek yogurt dressing. Remember that veggies make a colorful presentation, and that can be half the battle to get your family to start munching.

Watermelon

Inflammation-fighting antioxidants, vitamin A, C plus potassium.

Peppers

Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer (green), antioxidants, vitamin C, & folic acid.

Carrots

Vitamin A & powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging.

Celery

Great choice if you are watching your weight with only 10 calories per stalk, plus vitamin A, aids digestion, and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.

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Tomatoes

Vitamin A, C & K (for good bone health).

Cucumbers

Anti-cancer benefit by promoting protective role of bacteria in the digestive tract.

Cauliflower

Vitamin C & K, inflammation-fighting antioxidants, digestive benefits, improves blood pressure, and helps fight cancer.