With June right on top of us, now’s the time to plan how best to enjoy your favorite summer meals.
National Fruit and Vegetables Month is time to remind yourself that you live in northeast Florida and you have access to some of the best and freshest produce in the world.
Fresh greens, tons of vine-ripe tomatoes, green beans, oranges and paypayas, corn – you name it – work with lean proteins like fresh seafood to rev up our metabolisms for summer time.
It’s just like Dr. Oz® told you
Metabolism – the speed at which our bodies run – varies with the seasons.
As soon as we become more active in warmer weather, we change the way we eat and start to drop weight.
Eating leaner, denser proteins, low-fat dairy products, loads of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially leafy greens) and good carbs from whole grains like quinoa and flax and legumes helps speed up the metabolism to generate more and more energy.
Sometimes called the “Mediterranean” diet, this lighter, more varied diet that most Floridians don’t even know they’re on helps the body use food energy much more efficiently and keep electrolytes (bio-chemicals that help regulate brain activity and heart function) balanced.
Blood sugar stays lower. Blood pressure stays lower. Craving fats, sweets and caffeine happens less.
If effect, we duplicate the good effects of long summer days inside our bodies.
That’s so cool.
We who live in the Sunshine State manufacture our own biological sunshine just by the way we eat.
But my kids & my husband don’t like fresh produce
Resolve this June to adopt a more creative approach when encouraging picky eaters to get more “greens” in their diets.
- For instance, brussel sprouts may not be the way to go unless you dress them up with some lean corned beef and treat them like little St. Patrick’s Day cabbages.
- Instead of fresh strawberries, which can be a little on the bitter side without added sugar, liven up the kids’ breakfast cereal with fresh cherries (or fresh raspberries) which are a much better balance of tart and natural sweetness.
- The next time your husband wants a nice lean sirloin, surprise him with a side of the new mashed potatoes – cooked, peeled turnips seasoned with a little sea salt, pepper, chicken stock and a good butter substitute like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter®. He may not be able to tell the difference.
- Make your life easier by cleaning produce when you bring it home so you can throw that salad together in just a few minutes and save your own lame excuses to explain why you let the laundry pile up again.
The biggest part of eating right for summer is listening to what your body tells you about what it wants to eat.
It’s hard to resist the beautiful spinach and carrots on your plate when they’re parked next to a big heap of boiled shrimp and some steamed clams.
Take the time this National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month to add even more fresh Florida produce to your diet.
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