Summer is practically here, which means you need to start reeling in your diet. The best way to lose weight while boosting your immunity and overall health are with summer superfoods. If you don’t want your friends and family to recognize you—in a good way—by the time you’re allowed to leave the house you need to fix your diet.
Tart Cherries When you’re going hard in the gym, inflammation is bound to happen post-workout. Tart cherries can expedite the recovery process due to their powerful antioxidant compounds. Intense workouts bring oxidative damage to the muscles, however antioxidants can counteract this. Green Tomatoes Next time you’re in the produce aisle, look for green tomatoes. And yes, they’re still edible when they’re not fully ripened. Green tomatoes contain higher levels of the compound, tomatidine—a by-product of when the stomach digests the tomatoes. The compound works by preventing muscle atrophy and playing a role in muscle protein synthesis. Watermelon Fun fact: watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable that can relieve muscle soreness. A Spanish study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry discovered that the juice from watermelon could soothe your sore muscles post-workout. The reason: it contains the amino acid, l-citrulline. Citrulline has also been tied to acting as a vasodilator, which means more muscle pumps. Blueberries This muscle-enhancing summer food list wouldn’t be complete without blueberries. They’re an antioxidant powerhouse — decreasing muscle fatigue. Throw a cup of blueberries into your post-workout shake, and you’ll be set. Cantaloupe Since it has a low fructose content, cantaloupe is one of the few fruits that is a fast-digesting carb. After a night of rest where your body has reset its metabolic clock, pair this melon with your protein-packed breakfast to help refuel glycogen stores.