A Bite of Summer
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!