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Summertime Foods

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

As the weather grows warmer we often become more active and participate in a variety of outdoor activities. An ideal summer diet is light and filled with fresh foods with high water content.

healthy salad with avocado, chicken, and tomatoes

Raw fruits, fresh salads, cool soups and light meals consisting of grains and vegetables are adequate this time of year for healthy, vigorous adults. Sprouted vegetables and grains can also be mixed in with your foods or a variety of dishes to help maintain a cool body temperature.

For better digestion and assimilation of nutrients, avoid mixing too many foods together at one sitting. Fruits and juicier foods are best eaten alone or between meals.

(As a gentle reminder, if you have a sensitive digestive tract you should stick to cooked, warm foods even in the summertime.)

As a rule of thumb, eat heavier meals in the morning. This type of summer diet can help you feel lighter in the heat of the day, maintain your energy, and aid in weight loss.

Each organ system has a specific flavor that affects it. For example, foods that have a bitter taste are good to consume in the summer because of their healing effect upon the heart meridian system. Some beneficial bitter foods are asparagus, bitter melon, celery, radishes, and lettuce. These foods can nourish the heart, but consumed in excess do more harm than good. If you have more questions about which organs you should be focusing on- ask Dr. Angie!

Summer invites us to become more active. Just be sure to stay hydrated by consuming enough water, juices, and herbal teas.

Get Up-n-Go Shake

blueberry smoothie

2 large frozen bananas

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

2 1/2 cups rice milk

1/2 tsp. mint extract

1 tbsp. almond butter

Peel bananas and freeze them overnight.

• Place all ingredients in a blender and pureé.

(This recipe is for those who do not have any digestive troubles, and is for the summertime. In the winter cold foods should be avoided.)

Cool-Out Summer Salad

woman eating a salad

6 medium tomatoes

2 small cucumbers

4 radishes, sliced

2 scallions, minced

1 large dill or sour pickle, minced

1 bell pepper, minced

1/2 cup green olives,


1/2 cup red onion, minced

Allow salad to marinate for 1 hour.

Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze out and discard seeds. Then cut them into 1/2 inch pieces.

Toss all ingredients together. Serve cool or room temperature.

(This recipe is for those who do not have any digestive troubles, and is for the summertime. In the winter cold foods should be avoided.)

Enjoy these fresh recipes and have a healthy summer!

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