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My top 10 picks for summer foods that keep you cool, hydrated, and healthy!

I don’t know about you, but here in Texas the mercury has been staying consistently in the 95-100 degree range. That instantly makes me want to say sayonara to the stove and turn to more refreshing fare.

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Watermelon — a no brainer, right? At 92% water content, this summer staple is more than a thirst-quenching treat; it’s rich in vitamins C and A and has anti-inflammatory effects. You’ll also enjoy the healthful benefits of beta-carotene and antioxidant-rich lycopene with each bite.

Cucumbers — a member of the same plant family as watermelon, highly hydrating cukes contain potassium, magnesium, and help clarify the kidneys and flush toxins, so make them a regular on your summer plate (skins on!).

Zucchini —  are you eating this summer squash raw?  Try this recipe!  Or lightly steam them to help retain the water and nutrient content. Among other things, zucchini contains ample fiber, antioxidants, and helps regulate blood pressure.

Mint — use mint liberally in the summer months to flavor your food and drinks for when you need to cool off and relax! Mint is easy to grow but can take over a garden, so stick to a small container.

Cilantro — you either love or hate cilantro.  If you’re in the former camp, you’re in luck, because according to Ayurvedic, cilantro is the ultimate cooling stimulant.  And tradition recommends increasing your consumption as a means of surviving torrid summers.

Celery — celery is made up of 95% water, is high in potassium and naturally occurring sodium. Celery also acts as a powerful diuretic, without making you feel dehydrated. This means you can safely flush your system and avoid belly bloat when you eat celery.

Sweet Berries — not only are they in prime season during the summer months, but berries help quell fire and heat. That’s what Ayurveda calls the “pitta” qualities of the season.

Coconut Water — this refreshing drink helps beat tropical summer thirst. The juice is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to keep you hydrated. Always opt for pure coconut water over flavored varieties.

Cantaloupe — with 95% water content and a mere 5% sugar, cantaloupe makes an ideal sweet summer treat. It’s chock full of vitamins A and C, as well as contains a moderate amount of B vitamins. Enjoy it in abundance, as ¼ contains a mere 50 calories!

Raw Radish — High in trace minerals and vitamin C, this unassuming veggie also clears food stagnation and has a laxative effect due to its diuretic nature. All while having a cooling effect on the blood. Make this a spicy addition to your summer salads!

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Leann Forst, MBA, CHC — Family Health & Cancer Coach

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”. And take Leann’s Nutrient Deficiency Quiz here.

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