Five Ingredients our Nutritionists think you should Include in Your Summer Diet

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The internet is full of foods that promise to be the secret to summer, but when we say it, we really mean it. These are 5 fresh ingredients, picked by our team of nutritionists to make your Summer the freshest yet.

Rhubarb

It’s a versatile ingredient which is in season over the summer months. It can be used in baking, compote and as jam to name a few possibilities

It is a good source of fibre and a number of nutrients. Fibre has a lengthy list of benefits, all relating to various aspects of our health and overall well-being. It promotes optimal digestive health, a happy gut and helps stabilise blood sugar levels. It has also been suggested that it can improve weight maintenance by helping with feelings of satiety and has even been said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer.

 

Strawberries

A quintessentially British fruit that screams Wimbledon on a nice summer’s day.

Strawberries provide a good source of dietary magnesium. Magnesium supports good quality sleep by regulating the hormones which are crucial for calming the brain and promoting relaxation.

Strawberries are a rich source of iodine and potassium, both of which are linked to improved cognitive function.

 

Rocket

It makes a great base for a summery salad. It is sometimes called Arugula and provides a healthy dose of vitamin A which is essential for the healthy functioning of our eyes.

It is packed with nutrients and provides volume to a meal without hiking up the calorie content. This will ensure you are satisfied at the end of it.

Leafy greens are super nutritious and have lots of beneficial qualities. Green vegetables get their colour from the pigment chlorophyll. It has potent antioxidant properties and works to protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Free radical damage is linked to causing cardiovascular disease and cancer.

It has also been suggested that chlorophyll can help control hunger and cravings as it helps stabilise blood sugar levels.

 

Beetroot

It’s bursting with vitamins and nitrate, making it extremely nutrient dense. Nitrates have been shown to increase oxygen uptake by the body and reduce blood pressure. Further, consumption has been found to have beneficial effects on sporting performance.

Anthocyanins give purple veggies their bright colour. In addition to acting as antioxidants and fighting free radicals, anthocyanins may provide anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, all of which promote optimal health.

Anthocyanins have also been suggested to enhance heart health as they improve blood cholesterol levels and blood sugar metabolism.

Beetroot can be enjoyed as part of a salad or added to a refreshing juice for example.

 

Basil

When paired with tomato, it makes a classic pasta sauce, but have you ever tried basil with strawberries? The surprising duo makes for a fresh snack or when added to a salad with a balsamic dressing, a delightful meal perfect for a summer evening.

Basil positively impact brain function, helping stimulate neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for making us happy and energetic. It is also thought to have both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial Properties – both of which are important for our health.

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