The Best Healthy Summer Food

Summer is the season of heart & cardio vascular health. Invigorate your blood! Sweat out the old and bring in the new with the abundance of juicy fresh ripe fruits and vegetables and leafy greens. It is the time to open the pores which connect to the outdoors.

This is the time of year to blossom like summer fruits. Connect with the the natural external environment. Instead of hiding out inside in the air conditioning take advantage of the summer heat to sweat it out! Go outside, get your toes in the sand, your hands in the dirt. Dive in the ocean or the river. Get out of your head and into your body.

Kids know how to do summer time. Follow their lead!

If your head is feeling foggy, your complexion dull or gray, if you are feeling anxious or having trouble sleeping and speaking you are probably out of sync with summer. If you are like a plant left in the dusty corner when it’s beautiful outdoors, go out side and play. Blast your pipes!  Don’t come inside until your knees are covered with grass stains and you are panting and sweaty. .

Tis the season of  heart & cardio vascular health

It’s time to eat lighter foods. Time to take a break from red meats, dairy, nuts and complex dishes with many ingredients. Those meals are for winter. Summer is the season for juicing and super foods drinks with spirulina and blue green algae rich in chlorophyll, which nurture the blood.

Go for bright colored meals, with assortment & array of colors that reflect the season, slightly sautéed or steamed, mineral-rich foods (replacing what you are sweating out). Gravitate towards sweet and bitter flavors to repair and rebuild the blood and cardiovascular system.   Bitter foods are cooling and clear heat from the heart and liver and are useful for reducing cholesterol.

Eat less & lightly especially on hottest days

Since this is the season of the heart, it is a good time to reactivate the connection between heart and food by giving thanks before meal.

Healthy Food Grocery List

Less amounts of dense proteins – fish, beans, Tofu, less eggs and red meat take the load off of the busy heart.

Veggies – whatever the garden offers: peas, squash/zucchini, string beans, green beans, corn, cucumbers, asparagus, celery

Red foods – radishes, beet, turnips, tomatoes, cabbage, carrot, yams

Fruits – strawberries, cherries, apples, limes, lemons, mulberries, plums, melons all — the juicy summer fruits!

Grains – Rye, oats, millet, quinoa, rice

Herbal tea of Chamomile, skull cap & pepermint tea

Salad dressings of good quality oil and vinegar with dill basil marjoram

Supplements –  hawthorne berry, blue green algae, calcium, magnesium, B Vitamins, seaweeds

 

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