Now that summer has officially arrived, the days are longer, the temperatures are warmer, and our bodies require a little extra hydration and nutrition. Here are some of the best foods to help energise and keep you extra hydrated during the summer months.

During this season the social calendar seems to get a bit busier, so it’s a good idea to have these seasonal ingredients stocked in your kitchen. That way you always have healthy snacks to reach for to keep you energised and feeling great all summer.  

Summer fruits

Cherries: Powerful anti-oxidant, inflammation fighting, curbs cravings, promotes better sleep.

Blueberries: Boost your mood and memory, not to mention help combat oxidation caused by free radicals (try eating them frozen for a yummy crunchy snack).

Raspberries: collagen boosting, strengthen your immune system, and aids the body to remove unwanted toxins.

Strawberries: rich in skin loving vitamin C, strawberries are thirst-quenching and mega hydrating too.

Watermelon: made up of around 92% water, watermelon is a super hydrating summer snack! Not only are you getting a good dose of vitamins B and C, but you’re also maximising your water intake at the same time.

Summer elixir water

In a jug, add sliced organic strawberries, watermelon, cucumber, and a small bunch of mint for a beautiful, hydrating fusion. This is very energising, purifying, beautifying and of course, super hydrating.

Seasonal Summer salad

This is perfect for a light lunch or a simple starter for dinner. Otherwise, you could make a big batch and eat it over a few days to add extra phytochemicals (plant foods) into your diet.  

Salad Ingredients: ½ Cucumber, 2 beets, 1 red pepper, 1/2 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes, half a courgette.

Dressing: Lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Method: Chop all salad ingredients and drizzle with extra virgin oil and the juice of half a lemon, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

Try to make it organic and locally sourced for maximum flavour and nutrients.