Pacific-Northwest Picnic Picks

July 23, 2015
Summer is a pretty sweet time to be a Washingtonian. From fresh fish to the local produce, the Pacific Northwest has it all. In several studies, nutrients in fruits and vegetables such as dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants have been associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and many cancers, including oral cancer. So, if you see these options in the picnic basket this summer, go ahead and have seconds.

° Apples

“An apple a day keeps food particles away,” doesn’t quite have the same as that other saying, but it’s true. The crunchiness in apples and other firm fruits stimulate saliva flow, which help wash away lingering food pieces and buffers harmful acids. Munch away!

° Crunchy Apple Chips

° Apple Pie Oatmeal

° Strawberries and Melons

These fruits have high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain and stimulate saliva flow. You can also snack on a couple cups of cantaloupe to increase your potassium intake, a nutrient that promotes good bone density.

° Guilt-Free Strawberry Muffins

° Cantaloupe Smoothie

° Spinach

Popeye was onto something. The vitamin K found in spinach helps your body absorb the calcium in other foods more efficiently. A spinach salad with low-fat cheese and avocado is a summer salad combo that can’t be beat.

° Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad