Top 5 Energizing Foods for Summer

Dave_summer_bucketSummer is here and so is the heat! While most folks tend to think of fluids to keep cool and stay hydrated, foods can contribute up to 40% of your daily water intake. With that in mind, here’s 5 energizing foods that have plenty of water in them to keep you cool this summer.




1. Yeah for Yellow Peppers! Perfect in salads, this yellow vegetable is 92% water and loaded with vitamin C!  Sliced yellow peppers make a crunchy snack for summer fun.

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3. Excellent Eggplant grills nicely in the summer and has a pretty purple color thanks to anthocyanins, which are healthy antioxidants that support the integrity of all the body’s cells. Like yellow pepper and watermelon, eggplant is 92% water.

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4. Super Spinach also goes nicely with salads and serves as a ‘cooling’ food during the hot months.  Spinach is 92% water, very high in antioxidants, potassium, folate, and magnesium, which are natural caretakers of blood pressure.

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5. Cooling cantaloupe attributes 90% of its weight to water and contains more than 30 times the amount of beta-carotene (precursor to Vitamin A) than oranges.

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For more foods with therapeutic power, check out the Real Food Therapy Guide.

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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