Summer Tips Endorsed with Health Benefits

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Summer Tips For a Healthier You

If you are longing for a rewarding summer season, you’ve got to plan it right: please your skin, pamper your taste buds, and turn the heat of fashion on. The way to do so is to make sure your skin radiates with infinite glamour, you enjoy a super-healthy grilling experience that sparks with innovation, and you guarantee sun-kissed skin worth the envy! Read on for some summer tips endorsed with health benefits.


Skin that radiates with infinite glamour!

The X-factor to guarantee healthy skin during summer is sponsored by carotenoids, vitamin C, linoleic acid, and omega 3 fats. These nutrients can slow down skin aging resulting from long exposure to sunlight, reduce wrinkles, strengthen your skin, and improve its elasticity. Where can you find these nutrients? In sunflower seeds, pine nuts, brazil nuts, salmon, oranges, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, plums, peaches, apricots, carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and watermelon. Now that the X-factor has been revealed, feel free to add these food choices to your next grocery shopping cart. Oh… and two more things: keep yourself well-hydrated and do not leave home without sunscreen.


Recipe Quickie at 150 calories

You will need 3 strawberries (12 calories), 1 apricot (17 calories), 1/8 of a melon (24 calories), 1 plum (28 calories), and 1 peach (38 calories). This gives you a total of around 120 calories, giving you the privilege to add another 30. I suggest 2 tsp. of melted dark chocolate to tempt your lips a little. Any objections to that? I doubt it!


Super-healthy grilling experience that sparks with innovation!

Is grilled food healthy? Don’t be so sure, as it may contain cancer causing agents. To avoid this, here’s what you can do:


  • Choose lean meat and trim the fat prior to grilling in order to prevent fat and juices from dripping, causing more smoke which leads to carcinogens.
  • Additionally, make sure the grill racks are thoroughly cleaned after cooking so that burned residue that contains harmful chemicals are not transferred to your next meal.


Healthify your grilling experience even further by innovating what you throw on it! Ideas include grilling veggies like mushroom buttons, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, and bell peppers… or grilling fruits like apples, bananas, pineapples, or peaches.


Recipe Quickie at 70 calories

Place pineapple wedges (from 1/8 a pineapple) onto skewers and lightly brush with marinade. Grill or broil while basting with the remaining marinade once or twice until tender and golden - about 5 minutes per side. To prepare marinade: Whisk ¼ tbsp. dark honey, 1/4 tsp. olive oil, 1/4 tsp. lime juice, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and ground cloves.


Sun-kissed skin worth the envy!

As you’re happy not counting the hours you spend deep-frying yourself in tanning oil to get that golden glow, your skin’s health still counts. For this reason, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing sunscreen that offers:


  • Broad-spectrum protection, which means that it protects against UVA and UVB rays
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater.
  • Water resistance, which means it will still be effective while swimming


How to still have a gorgeous looking sun-kissed tan that goes perfectly with low necklines and strapless shirts? You’ve got to count on tanning boosting ingredients like mango, carrots, peaches, sweet potatoes, spinach, and apricots.


Recipe Quickie at 380 calories

On a bed of spinach leaves, add 100g of baked sweet potato cubes, 100g of smoked salmon, ¼ of a mango, 1 shredded carrot, and ½ a kiwi. Top with 6 almonds and drizzle with dressing consisting of blended: ½ a peach, 2 apricots, ½ tbsp. lemon juice, and ½ tbsp. of Dijon mustard