Delicious In-Season Summer Foods and Tasty Recipes to Try

Delicious In-Season Summer Foods and Tasty Recipes to Try

You know home cooking is one of the best ways to ensure you’re eating healthfully. (Check out our top 9 healthy cooking hacks here.)

But who wants to spend the hottest days of the year sweltering inside your kitchen? Not us!

Luckily, there are lots of delicious in-season summer foods guaranteed to help you beat summer heat, thanks to their high water content. These same foods are also perfect for grab-and-go healthy meals, no cooking required. With these eats, you’ll reap the much-needed benefits of adequate hydration, not to mention the amazing micronutrients contained inside of these nutritional superstars.

Delicious Healthy Summer Foods & Recipes to Enjoy

Here’s a list of summer’s most-hydrating foods to help you beat summer heat – plus a few healthy recipe ideas.

Berries.

Berries are best in the summer, and most are more than 80 percent water. Grab a handful now, and you’ll also consume super healthy antioxidants.

Want a berry recipe? Try this delicious Triple Berry Summer Salad from Iowa Girl Eats.

Triple Berry Summer Salad

Cherries and other stone fruits.

These bite-sized beauties are 80 perfect water. That means if you eat a full cup of cherries (measured before pitting), you will consume almost half a cup of hydration, according to the USDA.

Try this healthy Cherry Pie Oatmeal Crumble for a lightened-up take on the classic summer dessert.

Cucumber.

Cucumber contains 96 percent water – no wonder it is so refreshing. To work it into your diet this summer, try infusing water with cucumber, lime and mint. Yum!

Melons.

Does anything scream summer quite like watermelon? The season’s favorite fruit is also one of the most cooling, with 92 percent of its weight made up by water.

For a gorgeous twist on watermelon, try this Stacked Salad as an appetizer from Fifteen Spatulas.

Watermelon Stack Salad Fifteen Spatulas

Zucchini, Radishes and Celery.

These summer veggies are nearly as hydrating as cucumber, with 95 percent water content. To use up a garden’s worth of zucchini, check out SkinnyTaste’s zucchini roundup for inspiration.

Herbs.

Add flavor without additional calories or fat to your summer meals with fresh herbs. Wdish.com suggests 20 fresh summer dishes, each with herbs.

Tomatoes.

Tomatoes are another one of those foods, like berries, which simply must be eaten in season for the best flavor possible.

Try Eating Bird Food’s Farmers Market Roasted Tomato Salad.

tomato salad

Spinach and other Leafy Greens.

Most greens come into season in the late spring and early summer. When it comes to eating for summer heat, any green will work great. Take spinach, for example. It is 92 percent water and has only 23 calories per cup.

Grab a handful, drizzle with your favorite homemade dressing, and you have the base for any great summer meal.

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