The Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss

The Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss

Summer is an interesting season. On the one hand, the weather in your area might lend itself to getting outside to be active — whether you’re walking, hiking, playing with your kids, going for a bike ride or hitting the beach. It’s also the time when delicious fruits and vegetables come into season: think luscious peaches, perfect strawberries and hydrating watermelon.

On the other hand, summer means fun! Backyard barbecues, family reunions, food-focused holidays and vacations can all mean a little too much indulgence and a few too many skipped workouts by the time back-to-school season hits.

The ideal summer season probably falls somewhere in the middle: You’re enjoying all the time of year has to offer while still avoiding extra summer pounds — and the sluggish feelings that can come from loading up on ice cream with the kids while avoiding the gym all together.

With this in mind, here’s a look at the best foods in season in the summer that not only taste delicious, but also help with weight loss — plus recipes for inspiration.

Summer Foods for Weight Loss with Delicious Recipes to Consume them

Berries.

Take advantage of berry season while it lasts, and grab as many of these low calorie, antioxidant-packed nutrition superstars as you can! Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries — whichever you prefer.

This Triple Berry Summer Salad from blogger Iowa Girl Eats is a great place to start.

Watermelon.

cut watermelon triangles summer

Summer’s favorite melon is more than just fun to eat, it’s packed with health benefits, too. Watermelon contains just 46 calories per cup, plus 20 percent of your daily intake of vitamin A and 17 percent of your daily vitamin A needs. Yum!

Fresh herbs.

Basil, cilantro, parsley and mint are all in season in summer — pick your favorite plants to punch up the flavor of salads, dips, meat and more.

Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri, such as this recipe from SkinnyTaste, makes an amazing summer meal.

Peaches.

Juicy peaches peak in July and August, so get them while they are at their best. Top plain Greek yogurt with the sweet fruit for a hearty breakfast, or grill for dessert.

Seafood.

Many types of fish come into season in the summer, including King Salmon, Pacific Bay shrimp, Halibut and others, according to gourmetsleuth.com. The light, lean proteins serve as a healthy and delicious centerpiece to any summer meal.

Try this classic Low Country Boil recipe (featuring peel and eat shrimp) from KathEats for a true taste of summer.  

Avocado.

California avocados come into peak season over the summer, according to BonAppetit.com. Take advantage of the healthy fat-filled fruit, and add it to eggs, salads, sandwiches and more this summer. You’ll get a punch of filling fiber and heart healthy monounsaturated fats, not to mention copper folate and potassium.

Lemon.

These citrus fruits, typically harvested from May to October, are prized for their weight-loss benefits. Squeeze some into water for a refreshing twist, or make your own healthy lemonade.

Add zest to in-season vegetables, such as in this pan-seared summer squash with basil and lemon from Whole Foods recipe, for a truly delicious meal.

Zucchini.

In the summer, gardeners often find themselves with an abundance of zucchini. Luckily, this low-calorie veggie is like a blank canvas — you can do so much with this.

zucchini noodles foods for weight loss

There’s healthy versions of zucchini bread or muffins, such as these from blogger Gimme Some Oven. Or there are the ever-popular zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) which you can make with a vegetable spiralizer or julienne peeler at home. Grilling or sautéing zucchinis for an easy side dish works, too — the possibilities are endless.

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