Summer Slimdown: 6 Healthy Poolside Foods to Eat & Help you Maintain a Balanced Diet

With only 6 weeks to go until it's officially summer, we're sharing 6 foods to eat that you can blend into to your summer routine or poolside menu that will help you stay fit without trying! Try organic options free of pesticides, artificial preservatives, colors and additives. We believe in maintaining a healthy balanced diet along with a fitness routine with balanced workouts to maintain a fit eco-chic lifestyle perfect while you're on-the-go!

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are the perfect way to blast belly fat, even when frozen they maintain their nutrients and specifically the peel of this super berry! The outer layer skin of blueberries contains an extract that has been found to reduce weight gain even with a higher fat diet and can inhibit fat gain while it helps metabolize and balance insulin levels. It has the highest antioxidant level of all commonly eaten fruits and is a great snack or topped on granola, yogurt or in smoothies. 

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Photo via: Fit Sugar

2. Ginger

Ginger improves your digestion and reduces inflammation and has great metabolism boosting properties. It is great in teas (hot or iced), enjoy sliced it into stir-fry with veggies or sauces or blend into smoothies for a great summer slimdown that will keep you healthy and fit well into fall. 

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Photo via: Pinterest

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps to regulate sugar and boost metabolism and is the perfect way to enjoy beverages without the sugar. It has a great taste and is delicious in tea, smoothies, sauces and desserts. Taking cinnamon can help improve digestion and sleep quality, helps to prevent an increased storage of fat that enables you to lose weight and can help process carbohydrates more efficiently while trimming belly fat.

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Photo via: Nutrition Facts

4. Grapefruit

Grapefruit can help curb your appetite, while stimulating and detoxifying the liver to activate fat burning enzymes, that break down fatty acids in the body. It can help regulate insulin levels and is the perfect post workout snack. This cancer-fighting fruit is packed with over 200 mg of vitamin C along with other vitamins such as A, B complex (for hair skin & nails), E & K. It will help curb your sweet tooth and assist with digestion. 

*Always consult a physician before making diet changes because grapefruit can affect some medications. 

 Photo via: Geo Does

Photo via: Geo Does

5. Honey

Honey is the perfect way to replace refined sugars in your diet. Try it as a simple detox drink with lemon or cinnamon or ginger. Use only high quality raw or organic honey and avoid pasteurized versions. Honey is an immune boosting food that will help give you a glowing appearance and cut fat with natural properties that help trigger metabolic changes and helps stave off sugar cravings. Try  this sweet addition in tea, smoothies, on sandwiches, marinades or salad dressings.

 Photo via: Susan Wigg

Photo via: Susan Wigg

6. Pomegranates

Pomegranate seeds have immunity boosting properties with nearly 40 percent of your vitamin C for the day in just one of these fruit! They can lower high blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages melt away. This antioxidant-rich fruit can help maintain sustained weight loss because they are high in fiber and are the perfect addition to salads, sauces (think cranberry-pomegranate) and as a juice!

 Photo via: Wit & Whitle

Photo via: Wit & Whitle