13 Best Summer Superfoods for Women
What superfoods will help make your summer—and the rest of your life—healthier? We have an expert-approved list just for you.
These protein sources boast many nutrients that are helpful to women. “Eggs provide choline, a nutrient not only tied to brain health and development but also a reduced risk of breast cancer,” says Sarah Anzlovar, MA, RDN, a dietitian in Boston, MA. Enjoy eggs in hummus toast, breakfast Panini, or breakfast tacos. Then take a look at these 55 delicious ways to have eggs.
This drink can be so refreshing in the summer, especially when iced. In addition to providing heart benefits, green tea is a superfood beverage for women because it provides antioxidants that may help protect the skin from aging caused by UV rays. Sip green tea in a sangria mocktail or a ginger latte—or mix it into green muffins.
Here’s a reason to eat your purple fruit: “Prunes contain vitamin K and potassium, which are important for healthy bones,” says nutrition blogger Josten Fish, RD. “Studies have actually shown that daily consumption of prunes in women can help prevent bone loss.” Eat prunes in a Mediterranean vegetable salad, prune jam, or avocado chocolate brownies. If you want more foods that will help keep you healthy as you get older, check out the 14 foods everyone over 50 should probably be eating.
This peppery-tasting veggie is perfect to add to your summer salads and more. “Arugula is a flavorful, nutrient-dense leafy green to enjoy all summer long,” says Emily Wunder, RD, a dietitian in Nutley, NJ. “With only 10 calories for two cups, arugula can be a great base to all your summer salads, or you can add it to a sandwich.” Arugula provides an excellent amount of vitamin K, too. “Women need vitamin K for bone density to help prevent osteoporosis,” says Wunder. Enjoy the power green in a vegan power bowl, arugula salad, or arugula crostini.