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Surprise! 3 Healthy Summer Foods You Can Enjoy

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Summer is all about barbecues and picnics shared with family and friends. Food takes center stage at many of these outdoor get-togethers. And many of them don't exactly top the "world's healthiest foods" list.

So, you may be surprised by how healthy these three classic summer foods are.

Healthy Summer Foods

There's no need to avoid these foods at your next picnic or barbecue.

Corn

It doesn't get any more summery than this! Corn sometimes gets a bad rap because of its carbohydrate content — higher than most vegetables. Some also believe that it's lacking in nutrients. But this beloved summer vegetable supplies loads of good nutrition under its husk.

Corn is a good source of:

Corn does have more carbohydrates than many other vegetables. Watch portion sizes if you're monitoring your blood sugar or weight. Stick to one small ear or around ½ cup of kernels per serving.

Tasty Tips for Corn

Pasta Salad

Nothing pairs better with grilled chicken, fish, steak, or burgers than a colorful pasta salad. This healthy summer food can also be a very nutritious way to round out your meal.

Choose a whole-grain, bean, or lentil pasta and add plenty of seasonal veggies. Top with a homemade vinaigrette made with extra virgin olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, fresh herbs, and garlic, rather than using a mayo-based dressing.

There are plenty of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants from the vegetables and whole-grain or bean pasta. There's also "good" fat from the olive oil. You'll be pleasantly satisfied while providing your heart (and the rest of your body!) with health benefits. The more colorful you make your salad, the better, since different colored veggies offer varied nutritional benefits.

Tasty Tips for Pasta Salad

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Iced Tea

You can't beat a tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day. It might also do your body good. Tea is a source of powerful antioxidants, called polyphenols. This may protect against certain chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, and support your immune system.

Whether you prefer black, green, white, or oolong tea, you'll get the greatest antioxidant punch if your iced tea is freshly brewed, rather than a pre-mixed or bottled variety. Not only will your tea retain more antioxidants, but you'll also be able to control how much sweetener it contains.

Tasty tips for Tea

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