Hungry? Best and worst hot weather foods

Not ready for the Valley's staggering heat? Stay prepared, at least with what you eat!

Michelle Dudash, dietitian and author of "Clean Eating for Busy Families", says its simple as long as you remember to chow down on foods and drinks with high water content. Another winning food feature? Snacks that help our bodies block out the sun's rays.

Check out Dudash's top picks and worst offenders in the hot weather:


BEST

1. Hydrating beverages (in addition to plain water)

  • Mineral water (electrolytes)
  • Coconut water (electrolytes)
  • Milk (potassium and magnesium)
  • Green tea (catechins, lower in caffeine)
  • Tomato juice (lycopene and electrolytes)
  • Dark purple grape juice (polyphenols)
  • Natural sports drinks (sodium and/or potassium)

2. Foods with high water content (aim for red-pigmented fruits and vegetables, which contain lycopene)

  • Watermelon
  • Bell pepper
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes (especially cooked)

3. Other nutritious foods that contain electrolytes

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Salted nuts

4. Foods that help the body block harmful sun rays

  • Red fruits and vegetables
  • Dark chocolate
  • Carotenoids (egg yolks, sweet potato or kale chips)


WORST

1. Alcohol (diuretic)

2. Caffeine

3. Spicy foods (some studies show capsaicin causes a short-term rise in body temperature)

4. High-fat, high-protein foods (takes more energy for the body to digest, lay off high-protein diets during extreme heat)

 

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