Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Superfoods Part XI

It is summer which means one thing… my favorite time of year!!!! This week I present you with three Super Foods that represents some of my favorite dishes to eat over the summer.

Corn – This is one summertime favorite both on and off the cob and it has a ton of benefits. What’s in an ear you may ask, and the answer is many nutrients including thiamin (vitamin B1), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), folate, dietary fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus and manganese. Corn aids in supporting cardiovascular health as well as lung health and memory maintenance.  
How to prepare: Boil it or grill it while on the cob, remove it from the cob to add to salads or to make a delicious side dish. Sautee corn with basil for a wonderful summer treat, pair it with some grilled salmon and a watermelon feta salad and you are in for a great meal)

Salmon – This fish is rich in Omega 2 which are Super Foods for the Heart, Joints, and Memory.  The omega 3s you get in fish lower heart disease risk, help arthritis, and may possibly help with memory loss and Alzheimer's, there has also been some evidence to show that it reduces depression as well. Omega-3s are most prevalent in fatty, cold-water fish: Look for wild (not farmed) salmon, and try and aim for two-to-three servings a week.
How to prepare: Sauté, broil, bake or my personal summer favorite, GRILL!!!!! I love a piece of grilled salmon medium-rare with a little dill sauce, it is a true joy of summer

Ginger – Looking to get spicy this summer? How about starting with a kick in your drink; ginger is an amazing super food that works wonders for your digestive system, helping to ease indigestion and bloating.
How to prepare: Lately I have been drinking all the juice I can get my hands on (I will soon be investing in a juicer) and it seems all of the juices I am enjoying both the Red and Green from BP Cleanse as well as the Live Long and Green and Lady in Red with a shot of ginger from Terri NYC all have one thing in common, yes Ginger. Have a little fresh ginger and crushed cayenne pepper to jump start your weight loss. Enjoy it alone, don’t leave it behind when out for sushi and enjoy in juices.

What are some of your favorite summer foods?!?!

Be sure to check out my past Super Food Entries:

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