The Top Summer Superfoods

kiwiSummer is a time for salads, smoothies, grilling, and, most importantly, fresh fruit and vegetables. Eating seasonally isn’t only good for the environment, but it’s good for your tastebuds, since eating in-season produce ensures that you are getting the best possible fruits and veggies you can get.

Many of the summer superfoods are packed with fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, giving you even more of a reason to fill your diet with these types of fruits and vegetables. Below are ten of the most beneficial foods to nourish you and your family all summer long.

Kiwi

It’s relatively unknown how great of a fiber source kiwis are. One serving is valued at 5 grams, almost a fourth of your daily fiber recommendation. Since it is so rich in fiber, these little furry fruits help keep your full for hours. They are also rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and potassium (even more than bananas!). 

Asparagus

Another hearty, fiber-rich food, asparagus is as versatile as it is nutritious. One cup serves up 3 grams of fiber and is only 27 calories, making it a guilt-free food. They are great grilled or raw, making them a perfect summer veg.

Watermelon

This is an obvious summer choice. Watermelon may as well be the mascot of summertime BBQs, since it is not only sweet, but thirst-quenching on a hot, summer day. The refreshing fruit is also super high in vitamin A and C, offering 18 percent and 21 percent, respectively, in just one cup. 

Strawberries

This low-calorie berry is only 49 calories for each cup, making them the perfect dessert after a filling summer cookout. They are also incredibly high in vitamin C, giving you your full days worth in just a single, one cup serving. 

Blueberries

Known for their free radical fighting powers, blueberries are a viable source of antioxidants that have the ability to protect your skin and keep its collagen levels ample. They are also a great breakfast option, since the little berries contain a big amount of fiber. At 4 grams a cup, blueberries will keep you full until lunchtime.

Cherries

Almost nothing is better than a perfectly ripened summertime cherry. With just the right amount of tart and sweetness, these versatile stone fruits contain 10 percent of your daily fiber and 40 percent of your daily vitamin A. Feel free to indulge away!

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