Latvia is situated in a climate that provides great conditions for the growth of all kinds of healthy fruits, vegetables and berries. If you really want to enjoy all summer has to offer, go to your nearest market and get yourselves some great, vitamin-rich treats, recommends Permium Medical diet specialist Viana Kulsa.
1.Seasonal products. July and August are months of harvest, so it is a good idea to eat fruits, berries and vegetables that are harvested during this season. It is also a good idea to eat forest mushrooms, because they practically do contain any sugar, salt or fat. Mushrooms are also a rich source of fibre. It is best to cook them in high temperature, as mushrooms are known to contain substances detrimental to human health. High temperatures help neutralize them. All fruits, berries and vegetables are rich with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Among products especially beneficial to human health are black currants, red currants, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, courgettes, cabbages, carrots, lettuce, radishes, greens and chanterelles.
2.Regular meals and easily digestible food. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and energy to last an entire day, in is important to have regular meals throughout the day. It is no secret to anyone that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is because in the morning hours the body functions from reserves left from the previous day. In order to help the body to wake up and take in energy for a new day, it is a good idea to include cereal products in combination with fresh berries or fruits. For example, oatmeal with fresh raspberries is a very hearty morning meal. Easily digestible meat like turkey or fish with rise and fresh salad can be a fitting dinner in summer. Fish, seafood in general, chicken, beef or full vegetarian meals are good to consume in warm weather.
Salads that contain lots of fibre and protein can make a good supper. These include: fresh salad with feta cheese, strawberries and almonds, and fruit smoothie with milk or Greek yoghurt and seasonal berries.
3.Quench your thirst. Water consumption is important throughout the year and especially so during summer. It is recommended to drink a little bit of water every now and again. Hot weather can cause the human body to overheat and lose more water by sweating. With that, it is important to maintain the body’s water levels by drinking some water every now and again. To make the drink more exotic and refreshing, it is a good idea to add peppermint, ice, berries or fruits to it to enrich the taste. Water consumption is affected by many factors, including physical activity, state of health, age, food consumption and body mass. Theoretically it is necessary to consume 35 ml of water per 1kg of body mass per day. Watermelons, plums, cloudberries, cucumbers, courgettes and radishes can also help quench thirst in summer. Green tea is very good at it as well.