Summertime is a great season for relaxing poolside, grilling outdoors, and enjoying extra time with friends and family –even though that part may be virtual or limited for the time being. However, binging on too much summer fun, whether it’d be a savory rack of BBQ ribs or a refreshing cucumber and mint mojito, can really take its toll on your waistline.
If you want to stay lean and mean for bikini season, you should still be focusing on your exercise routine and diet. The latter always is typically more difficult for most, especially with all the mouthwatering food selections that present themselves this time of year in the form of cookouts or pool parties. Need some guidance to stay on track? Check out these summer food favorites that are good for your body and loaded with prebiotic fiber that will make your gut flora jump for joy!
As part of the berry family, blueberries are in-season during the summer and make for an excellent source of the antioxidant called anthocyanin. Whether you choose to go blueberry picking at a local farm, purchase a pound or two from your neighborhood Farmer’s Market, or obtain some frozen ones from the freezer section of the supermarket, blueberries will strengthen the gut barrier and increase your numbers of beneficial gut flora, including the ones that help us to stay healthy as we age.
Many people think that avocado is a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit. This popular fruit has a long growing season in California that extends from February to September. Better yet, avocados contain lots of prebiotic fiber to nourish your gut. It’s also rich in the three types of essential fatty acids used to support microbial diversity and promote healthy gut function! Avocados can be added to smoothies or sauces, made into homemade guacamole, or sliced up and thrown into salads.
Last but not least, summer means fresh, juicy tomatoes are at their peak. With more than 7,500 varieties, tomatoes, like avocados, are technically fruits as well. This fruit has been getting a lot of attention lately, too, for its gut-healthy properties. Tomatoes support gut balance, encouraging the growth of good bacteria, and keeping out the bad. Even if the rest of your diet needs a little bit of improvement, tomatoes are a great place to start –plus, they are downright delicious!
Oxford at the Ranch Apartments in Waller, Texas goes out of our way to ensure that you live the lifestyle you have always desired and deserved. These helpful tips go beyond the scope of services we offer in our community, in order to provide you with a more efficient routine.