An antioxidant-rich summer diet is essential for optimal health.

Berries: Anthocyanins, flavonoids, and vitamin C are abundant in strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Use them in smoothies, salads, and snacks for taste and nutrients.

Hydrating watermelon contains antioxidants such lycopene, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Watermelon is sweet and juicy when sliced, blended into smoothies, or added to fruit salads.

Lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, reduces the risk of certain malignancies and heart disease. Salads, sandwiches, and homemade salsa benefit from fresh tomatoes' antioxidants and flavor.

Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are in spinach, kale, and Swiss chard. Add them to smoothies, stir-fries, and salads for nutrition.

Bell Peppers: Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants in bell peppers protect cells. Enjoy them raw in salads, sliced as a crunchy snack, or grilled as a colorful side.

Citrus Fruits: Vitamin C and flavonoids in oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits are antioxidants. Enjoy them fresh as a snack, squeeze them into homemade juices, or add them to salads for tang.

Green Tea: Catechins, antioxidants in green tea, reduce inflammation and improve heart health. Drink fresh green tea or add it to smoothies.

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, polyphenols, and other antioxidants that protect against heart disease and boost brain function. A tiny piece of dark chocolate (70% cocoa or more) is a pleasant dessert or snack.

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