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The Summer Benefits Of Fruit

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Eating some fresh and juicy fruit is a great way to cool off in the summer heat. Fruit is a natural and healthy way to take in daily nutrients to reduce the risk of illness. It is also low in fat and calories and a great way to get in shape this summer and do your body some good! Each fruit provides different nutrients to help nourish the body.

Here are some great fruits to have this summer to benefit from and enjoy:

1. Banana

Bananas contain 422 mg of potassium, which help with proper heart functions and help prevent muscle cramps and insomnia. Bananas also are very high in Vitamin A, which increases immunity, healthy skin, and bone growth. This can help prevent you from getting sick and help you fight this tough summer allergy season all while maintaining that warm healthy summer skin glow.

A Bunch of Yellow Bananas

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2. Passionfruit

Passionfruit contains 3.78 mg of iron that helps with immunity and strength. Iron helps oxygenate our blood and also digest our food. Passionfruit is also high in Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant to help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin C helps with healing and repairing body tissue. Passionfruit helps keep your body in good health while quickly repairing any scratches or scars from those pesky mosquitos!

Passionfruit

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3. Kiwi

Kiwi has 12 mg of magnesium and is high in Vitamin K. Magnesium provides protein and energy while relaxing nerves. Vitamin K helps regulate your blood and burn fat. The kiwi is perfect if you are trying to lose some weight and also keep energized for active summer days.

Kiwi

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4. Avocado

Avocados contain 1.29 mg of zinc that can help with vision and increasing your metabolism. An avocado also contains a lot of Vitamin B3, which is important in converting food to energy and helping the digestive system function. This is also a great fruit to help lose weight for that new swim suit.

Avocado

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5. Strawberries

Strawberries have 23 mg of calcium and help regulate nutrients throughout your body while their high levels of folic acid helps with DNA structure and mental functioning. Eat this fruit for added brain power – especially for those college students who are taking summer classes!

Strawberries

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the main purpose of eating is to supply nutrients to the body. Treat your body to something delicious that is a healthier alternative than junk food.

What is your favorite fruit? Tell us in the comments below!

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Cool Dinners for Hot Days

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“It’s too hot to cook.” How many times have you heard this from your friends or family when it’s time for dinner? It can be easy to use this as an excuse for not cooking a real meal when the weather is warm and cooking requires using the oven, but – surprise, surprise – there are actually meals out there that are perfect for warm weather, and don’t require the use of an oven!

fruit salad

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Fruit Salad

Besides being totally healthy and thirst-quenching, fruit salad is super easy to prepare and put together! You can either cut up a lot of fruit the days leading into hot weather, or put the salad together the day of for a fresher taste. For a twist on the traditional “just fruit” fruit salad, try adding some yogurt, walnuts, coconut shavings, or raisins. For an extra special twist, add marshmallows.

bread and cheese

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

Rachael Ray’s recipe for black bean and corn salad doesn’t require too many ingredients and it takes less than half an hour to prepare. Add some tortilla chips on the side and you’ve got a meal!

Tapas Plate with Marinated Chickpeas

Sounds fancy for a college student, right? Take a look at Real Simple Magazine’s recipe and you’ll see that although it has a fancy name, it’s super easy to throw together.

Creamy Shrimp Rolls

Getting hungry yet? If you love seafood, this recipe is for you, and there’s no better time to have it than during the summer! You can add some chips or salad on the side, but from the photo, the shrimp roll might be pretty filling on its own.

Sandwiches

sandwich

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I’m not talking PB&J here, kids. Ham, tuna, and chicken are all healthier choices and they all taste great with fruit; this is the perfect time to get creative! Try Tasty Kitchen’s Fancy Chicken Salad or the super easy Hearty Apple Sandwich. If you don’t feel like taking the time to cook chicken, buy some already cooked from the store and chill it for a bit.

Feeling inspired? Cop a few recipes from your mom, ask your friends what their favorite hot day meals are, or do some experimenting in the kitchen on your own. Whatever you do, leave a comment letting us know what you recommend!

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