Summer means fun in the sun, with lathered on sunscreen of course! July is UV (ultraviolet) Safety Month and most of us are aware of the harmful effects the sun can have on our skin. Protection with sunscreen is a necessary component to prevent damaging effects from the suns UV rays but so are the foods we put on our plates.
Eating foods rich in Vit A, such as low fat dairy; antioxidants, such as berries and essential fatty acids, like walnuts or salmon can boost skins ability to heal for a more vibrant, youthful and healthier skin. Summer is the season to enjoy antioxidant rich berries and since July is National Blueberry Month, let’s give a shout out to the blueberry. Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits because they offer a sweet, tart flavor and are packed full of water to help us stay hydrated. Blueberries along with other deep red, purple and blue fruits contain a high concentration of antioxidants which can help skin cells against damaging free radicals and may provide defense against cancer.
When spending the day at the park or beach be sure to pack up some fresh blueberries or try a cooler friendly recipe like the Mojito Fruit Salad (non-alcoholic) which would be perfect to serve at any 4th of July celebration.
Recipes courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats. Article adapted and references from Web MD Written by Nikki Stahr, Registered Dietitian with Live Healthy Iowa