When I speak to people about dietary habits I find for the most part there are about 20 foods that consistently make up 80 percent of a persons diet throughout the year. It’s summer now, time to switch things up again. Look for these foods on your next shopping adventure. Buffalo is grass-fed, which means you are getting a better balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Most often you will find it as ground meat or in patties but you may find steaks at quality butchers and farmers' markets. The meat is much leaner than beef but has many of the same characteristics.
100% pomegranate juice with its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory flavonoids may slow aging and lower heart disease risk. Adding small amounts to water is a refreshing way to enjoy the juice and may help you increase your water intake.
Bulgur Wheat is the spine of tabouli salad. Follow package directions, and then toss with a little olive oil, lemon juice, tomatoes, and parsley. It’s a great base for many fresh summer salads. Add a variety of fresh chopped vegetables for a cooling side salad or snack.
Asian noodles like soba or buckwheat are high in fiber, and their rich stores of flavonoids may lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. I love them in the summer because they make for great cold salads.
Fennel bulb is an aromatic vegetable high in vitamin C, fiber and potassium. Slice it very thin and add to salads.