The 5 Best Summer Foods for Clean Eating

In the quest to be healthier this summer, eating clean is a lifestyle many women are adopting. But what does it entail and is it the right way to go? “Clean eating” is eating foods that are cleansing and nutrient dense,” explains Emily Littlefield, nutritionist for Emily’s Powerfoods. “Cleansing is one of the most valuable things you can do for your body and the perfect time is in the summer months when it is warm outside. It is important to cool off the body with cooling foods in the warmer temperatures.”

To keep our bodies refreshed and energized this summer, add in these clean foods and drinks.

Leafy Greens
Pack your summer salad with nutrient-rich leafy greens like spinach, arugula, mixed lettuces, sprouts, dandelions and mico-greens.

Organic Vegetables
Add your favorite veggies to your summer salad like cucumbers, celery, cherry tomatoes and kim chi.

Clean Fats
Make sure you incorporate good fats like avocado and olive oil into diet to keep you feeling fuller, longer. Another bonus? “These clean fats add incredible flavor to clean greens,” Littlefield says. “I’m all about how to make clean food delicious, and avocado and olive oil are my go-to ingredients.”

Green Juices
Get all the nutrients from those organic vegetables in one cool, convenient drink that’s perfect on a hot, summer day.

Water
Aim for 10 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. For an extra boost of body cleansing, Littlefield recommends adding lemon and mint.