Summer is one of the best times of the year for stocking up on nature’s superfoods with a bounty of delicious, fresh and good-for-you produce in season and at its ripest.
From juicy watermelon to zesty lemons, sweet kiwi and beautiful berries, farmer’s markets nationwide are overflowing with amazing fruit and vegetables that can work wonders for your skin and hair. If you’re looking to add some of Mother Nature’s own goodness to your natural skin care routine, make sure your breakfast bowls, lunch boxes and dinner Buddha bowls incorporating some of these superfoods in season right now…
With their vibrant purple hue and juicy flavor, adding a handful of blueberries to your morning smoothie is one of the best things you can do for your body this season. Blueberries are the very definition of the word super food as they are brimming over with health-boosting properties. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, so they do good from the inside out. Top pancakes, add to smoothies and bake into muffins to ensure you’re eating enough of these delicious health-boosting berries every day.
Red bell peppers
You’ll find red bell peppers brightening up supermarket shelves and farmer’s markets from May to September. Their mild flavor means they can be eaten raw and they’re also a little sweeter than say a green bell pepper so they’re perfect for chopping up into crunchy crudités for game day BBQs. Red bell peppers are packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C – which is essential for plump, healthy skin.
If you love asparagus with your morning eggs or Sunday brunch, you may be tempted to add it to your daily meal rotation when you find out what this humble green super food can do for you. In season throughout the summer, it’s almost a vitamin in a stick thanks to its abundance of A, C,E and K. It’s also a good source of fiber and is an antioxidant, so it keeps cells healthy and can fight the signs of aging. If cooking is too much trouble when the mercury rises, just add to your morning smoothie or whiz up into a refreshing dip.
You don’t need to be a British tennis fan to tuck into a fruity, sweet bowl of strawberries and cream. Strawberries, with their delicious juicy fruit, are not just a quintessential summer treat which is in season right now, they’re also a skin savior. The red berries are loaded with Vitamin C, which is not only essential to keep your body healthy, it’s also needed for collagen production. Collagen keeps skins elasticity at optimum levels, meaning adding a handful of smoothies to your anti-aging skincare routine can help keep the wrinkles and signs of sun damage at bay.
With their rich purple hues, beets seem to emit good vibes. Their striking color hides a wealth of beneficial properties – packed to bursting with nutrients; beets are full of antioxidants too making them great for clear, glowing skin all summer long. They’re super versatile and can be roasted or steamed, chopped in salads, whizzed up to make a hummus style dip or even used in bakes such as chocolate cake.
Watermelons are a quintessential summer treat but while it might feel like an indulgence to nibble on the sweet red flesh with the juice trickling down your arm, they’re actually incredibly good for you. Extremely hydrating, watermelons aren’t just a refreshing snack on a hot day, they’re also a wonderful source of Vitamins A and C, both of which are essential for smooth, healthy skin and hair. Eat slices as they come or add to smoothies for your super food boost.