Stay healthy and add more antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables to your diet this summer- from peppers to black berries- to protect your body from stress caused by free radicals. Mangiabruzzo picked some of the most rich antioxidant summer foods for you:
1. Red Bell Pepper
Red bell peppers are low-calorie vegetables rich in vitamin C with a sweet, almost fruity taste. Indulge in this summer treat which helps you to stay away from cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and age-related decline.
2. Rosa Canina (Dog Rose)
Give yourself an energy boost with Rosa Canina. Start your day fresh and full of energy with some fragrant dog rose jam spread on a bread for breakfast. Dog rose is renowned for being rich in Vitamin C.
Summer is the salad season. Elevate salads from a side dish to the main event by adding radishes, or turn up your next cocktail party with radish soft drink. You can even apply radish for skin to remove sunspots! In Ancient Rome radish was used for its relaxing properties.
Blackberries: their sweet-tart taste reminds of summer strolls in country roads, and their black colour indicates a high concentration of antioxidants. Blackberries are also high in fibres and help you to clean your body.
Watermelon is mostly water — about 90 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with many nutrients. Cool off with the quintessential summer fruit and make watermelon salads, drinks, and pops this summer.
Fruits: Fig, plum, grapes, peach, apricot, wild strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, currant, almond, hazelnut, banana.
Vegetables: Chili pepper, corn, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, green beans, fennels, lentils, endive, chicory, aubergine, tomatoes, pumpkin, courgette, leek, turnip, rocket, garlic, onion, basil, satureja, marjoram, mint, oregano.