Karen Ensle EdD, RD, FADA, CFCS Family & Community Health Sciences Educator Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County
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- Strawberries and other fruit add vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant with a sweet taste. Adding fruit to salad or eating some for a snack is light and refreshing.
- Zucchini is very low in calories, with only 20 calories per cup. Try it for veggie crudités, cut into batons or coins. Add it to a summer pasta by dicing and sautéing it with garlic, onion, and tomatoes in a small amount of olive oil and toss the mixture with whole-wheat angel hair pasta, soft goat cheese, and shrimp or chicken.
- Red Bell Peppers are only 46 calories with 3 grams of fiber per cup and are a light, yet filling, addition to summer meals. They are also high in antioxidants and contain lots of vitamin C which provides many benefits including building collagen in our skin.
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and beta-carotene. A diet rich in those nutrients may boost the skin's natural defense against sun damage and improve its appearance, according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin C. Try grilling tomatoes to accompany your summer dinner and increase your lycopene intake.
- Gazpacho and other cold soups are hydrating. Think beyond gazpacho and try recipes for cold fruit soups, like blueberry or cantaloupe.