Your Midsummer Eating Plan

Smart food choices to help you keep your bikini bod.
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Your Midsummer Eating Plan

Smart food choices to help you keep your bikini bod.

-Patty James

Fruits and veggies

Midsummer often seems even warmer than earlier in the season, so it’s tempting to indulge in cool treats like ice-cream cones or elaborate frozen drinks. But you don’t have to reach for high-fat ice cream all the time. If you want to keep your swimsuit body in shape for fall, focus on food that’s not only delicious and healthy, but also fresh and in season. Here’s a list of the best produce to eat right now:

Fruits that are high in water content (peaches, melons) can help protect you against dehydration:
*Peaches and other stone fruit (nectarines, plums)
*Tomatoes (yes, a tomato is a fruit!)
Blackberries and other ‘brambles’ (raspberries)
Watermelons and other melons (cantaloupe, honeydew)

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The fresher a vegetable is, the more nutritious it will be. Choose peak-of-season and locally grown produce. Eat vegetables raw as often as you can; cooking can reduce nutrients:
*Summer squashes (zucchini, patty pan and crookneck)
*Leafy greens (chard and kale)

Fresh herbs will give your salads and cooked dishes a soothing, summery taste. As it is, we consume way too much sodium. Reach for these herbs or lemon juice instead of the salt shaker.
*Cilantro (this may be past its peak in hotter climates)
It’s hard to choose among the dozens of fabulous recipes that feature fresh produce. But here are two of my favorites:

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