It’s summer! What should we eat?

Summer season with its scorching heat calls for special attention to the human body. With the mercury reaching an all-time high, the sweltering heat requires that you make changes in your diet for your body to cope with the high temperatures.

Extreme temperatures can cause a number of heat related health problems and staying fit in summer is everybody’s primary concern. The food and drink that you will be consuming during the summer are going to play a vital role to help you ride through the heat wave because even healthy people can succumb to heat-related health issues.

In summer the risk of dehydration, indigestion, food poisoning and vitamin and mineral deficiencies increases. So go for food that is fresh, easily digestible and keeps your body cool. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables, white meat and seafood offer us protection from the sun as they contain high amounts of water and nutrients. One of the many appropriate meals you can consume is fresh fish. marathos’ menu is rich with alternative fish recipes you won’t be able to resist.
For example our roasted sea bass with lemon, caper, ginger and potatoes from our “Meal Kit” menu is a recipe that smells of Greek summer and tastes like heaven!

On the other hand, junk food like pizzas, burgers are a big “NO” and are best avoided in summer. However marathos’ turkey burger with grilled vegetables is another story. Here is a healthy, delicious, super light burger you can enjoy from our “Ready to Bake” menu. Simple and quick and can’t insist enough: light and healthy!

With summer comes extreme thirst! You should increase your fluid intake to prevent getting dehydrated. It is best to drink water frequently even when you are not thirsty. Alcohol and beverages that are caffeinated, carbonated or high in sugar level are best avoided.

Fresh Summer Vegetables are another must! They contain antioxidants which prevent cellular damage due to intense heat of the sun, vitamins and fiber which help improve heart health, lower cholesterol and prevent chronic diseases such as cancer. Tomatoes offer extra protection from the sun as they contain lycopene which prevents sunburn. Zucchini, cabbage, bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber are found in abundance during the summer months. Cucumber or tomato slices seasoned with some salt and pepper or mixed with other vegetables for a salad is a healthy way to cool off this summer. Toss it with Greek olive oil, salt, pepper and a dash of lemon to enhance the taste!
Want something more creative? Try marathos’ stuffed vegetables from our “Ready to Bake” menu. Fresh organic tomatoes and green peppers filled with rice, raisins, pine nuts and aromatic herbs will make this summer a culinary journey for you and your loved ones!

Now let’s not forget leafy greens. You can fill up on fresh spinach, kale, turnip greens, drumstick greens and mustard greens in summer to protect skin from sun damage. They decrease sensitivity to UV light and mend flaky and dry skin, strengthening the skin’s defence against the damaging rays of the sun.

Summer can be a beautiful experience if you’re extra careful with your eating habits and lifestyle. Summer in Greece is divine, but you don’t have to be here to enjoy the amazing food! marathos will deliver it to your doorstep!

Kali Orexi!

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