A Bite of Sum­mer

Better Nutrition - - EDITOR’S NOTE - nbrechka@ aim­me­dia. com

Sum­mer may be start­ing to wind down, but some of the sea­son’s best fruits and veg­eta­bles are just now reach­ing their peak— peaches, wa­ter­melon, cher­ries, corn, toma­toes, blue­ber­ries, greens, and the list goes on.

Not only do these glo­ri­ous foods taste bet­ter at this time of year, but most of them also off er an im­por­tant health ben­e­fit—hy­dra­tion. As nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith ex­plains in “Low- Sugar Ways to Re­place Elec­trolytes” on p. 54, “In­tense sweat­ing in the sum­mer heat can cause de­hy­dra­tion and electrolyte im­bal­ance.” Other fruits and veg­eta­bles with high wa­ter con­tent in­clude cu­cum­bers, cel­ery, ice­berg lettuce, straw­ber­ries, and can­taloupe. Hibis­cus tea is also ex­tremely hy­drat­ing, so it makes a great sum­mer bev­er­age. Read more about this topic in Smith’s column.

The recipes in this is­sue are in­spired by the sum­mer’s bounty—e.g.,A rug ula, Cherry ,& May tag Salad with Pep­pered Pe­cans on p. 59, and Farm­ers’ Mar­ket Green Len­til Salad on p. 45. For kids, try the Peach Mango Fruit Leathers and Chef Salad Skewer so np .48.( You can find more on bet­ter­nu­tri­tion. com. Check out our “Top 10 Sum­mer Recipes” on our home­page.)

On p. 64, as part of our 80th An­niver­sary ret­ro­spec­tive se­ries, we’re spot­light­ing Fit for Life by Har­vey and Mar­i­lyn Di­a­mond, a sum­mer- friendly diet that was pop­u­lar in the 1980s. This food- com­bin­ing plan em­pha­sizes veg­eta­bles, juices, and fruit— lots of fruit! I tried this program when it first came out, and I think I lasted about a week .( I love sand­wiches too much, and eat­ing pro­tein with carbs was not al­lowed, sigh.)

Now it’s time to go en­joy some fresh sum­mer pro­duce be­fore it’s too late!

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