Summer is here. For many of us, that could mean a tendency to be a bit unhealthy. I mean, who doesn’t love the sound of ice cream trucks and the smell of a BBQ pit from a distance (or better yet, from your own backyard). But summertime is also a time that the health conscious tend to rise up. Sure, maybe that is partly due to shedding the winter coat that protected some of our vanity. But it also might be due to “green being in the air.” Everywhere you look, you are reminded of nature’s prodigal immersion by way of trees and plants and grasses. And if there is one thing we all know, it is that summer’s green superfoods list sure is healthy. And, refreshing.
So let’s start with the obvious items for our summer green superfoods list. (hint, a lot of these are found on our best green superfood powder drink list).
Dark Leafy Greens
Your green superfoods list is pretty useless if you forget to include the staple. Dark leafy greens, simply put, tie the room together. Kale, Bok Choy, and Spinach, top our green superfoods list as some of the most potent superfoods the beautiful earth has to offer us. We are talking eye health, heart health, weight loss (great for helping fuel that summer body) and improved skin. Dark leafy greens are the most nutrient dense edible plants on earth.
Adding to this list, we are also talking broccoli, cabbage, and swiss chard.
Dark leafy greens are rich in phytonutrients and a slew of vitamins (A, E, C).
Dark leafy greens provide the human body with an essential B-Vitamin called Folate. The interesting aspect to folate is that our body can’t produce it, there is no synthesizing process like with some B-Vitamins, instead, we must get it from foods such as dark leafy greens. And this is why these particular superfoods need to be added to your summer green superfoods list. Cardiovascular problems and digestion illnesses have all been linked to folate deficiency, a deficiency most people have no idea that they have.
Dark leafy greens have been shown to help the body burn fat. If you are going for a bikini body, make sure kale and spinach are in your diet’s lineup. Leafy greens also contribute to slower aging (yes, in 10 summers from now, you could potentially look the same as you do today!). Dark leafy greens are also linked to helping lower instances of diabetes. Why on earth would anyone not include them on their summer superfood greens list? Well, one reason is many people don’t enjoy the taste. Another common reason is that they are inconvenient. These can both be true. Shopping for greens, then cleaning and storing them isn’t for the busy mom or dad.
Solution? Our best green superfood drink powders compilation is a good place to start (you can find something and order online). Otherwise, read the reviews and then head to the store (if available at a store) and pick one up. No chopping or dicing. No more veggies gone bad (such a yucky smell). No more time waste in a grocery store. All the same, add dark leafy greens to your superfoods list. They will most definitely do the body good.
The summer and avocados go together like the summer and the characters from Grease. You can’t beat the health benefits derived from the avocado, these “fruits” are a potent superfood. Yes, I surrounded the word fruits with quotes. Avocados are fruits, but they keep a slight grassy taste and texture to them so it’s long been a hard to accept a matter of fact for me.
Avocados are loaded with fiber, hence, they can help your digestion and help you feel satiated and prevent overeating. They also LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol (that’s in part why the avocado is a superfood). Here’s the big health kicker for avocados, they are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids. The western world has an issue with people being overloaded with omega 6 fatty acids due to the prevalence of refined vegetable oils such as canola and soy and corn oils. Correcting that balance by ingesting omega 3 food products can go a long way in reducing inflammation and lowering cancer risks.
Ingestion: I could eat a ripe avocado without much of an issue. One thing I love to do in the raw state is to take a ripe avocado and mix it with olive oil and some lemon pepper and beat it up. Then you can either eat it straight or dip some apples in it (now that just feels like summer). Another great thing about avocados is that they can act like an amazing base for superfood shakes. If you have never tried using almond milk, cacao powder, and avocado together, you are missing out. Sure, that might mean a little grassy taste, but the potential health benefits are out of this world. I personally prefer it over almond butter or peanut butter.
Yes, drink your superfoods (much like I suggested in our green superfood drink list). Green tea, in fact, is often added to green superfood drink supplements. On its own, green tea is a bombshell for your health. And it tastes great (at least I think). Oh, and it is super convenient seeing you can buy it almost anywhere that serves up coffee.
Green tea has been linked to increased fat burning, reducing cancer risk and improving your brain’s function. And it has also been accused of being mighty good to the palate (by me).
Green tea contains the amino acid, L-Theanine, which can majorly help reduce anxiety.
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Berries are one of my favorite non-green superfoods. They are loaded with antioxidants and are extremely anti-inflammatory. Another important aspect of berries is that they can make green superfoods a bit more palatable. Nothing like some strawberries and blueberries blended up with an avocado on a hot summer day.