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Spa Cuisine: Best Foods for Summer

Spa Cuisine: Best Foods for Summer

Summer’s fiery heat encourages us to eat lightly, to support the healthy functioning of our active hearts and digestive systems. With Farmer’s Markets in such abundance now, it’s easy to find the right foods for our best health.

Find out which seasonal foods are best for your body in Summer (and which to avoid!):

Fruits: All edible local wild berries–blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, elderberries, chokeberries, logan berries, mulberries, and currants; papaya, mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, and cherries; all melons and apples.

Vegetables: Bitter foods and herbs; hot greens such as mustard, watercress, and collards; stronger greens such as arugula, radicchio, frisee, mizuna, green oak leaf lettuce, dandelion leaves, and nasturtium leaves can be combine with milder greens–spinach, chard, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, peas, green beans, sprouted mung beans and lentils and alfalfa; sea vegetables for minerals; eggplant, artichokes, and onion to add variation.

Herbs and seeds: Flax, garlic, ginger, cayenne, ginseng, red clover, sorrel, paprika, nettle, and rosemary.

Grains: Oats, oat bran, corn, quinoa, and brown rice.

Dairy: Goat milk and goat cheese.

Foods to avoid in summer: Foods that put stress on the heart and small intestine in summer include alcohol and drugs, sugar and honey, foods with chemical additives, coffee, chocolate, and ice cream. Avoid overeating, especially meat, cheese and eggs.

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Adapted from “The Seasonal Detox Diet” by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Carrie L'Esperance. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from “The Seasonal Detox Diet” by Carrie L’Esperance (Inner Traditions, 2002).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:22PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:22PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:21PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:19PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thank you :)

8:07AM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Thank you

3:38PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:49AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

5:16PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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12:13PM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Thanks Annie.

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