Eat for Your Feet: 5 Foot-Friendly Summer Foods
When you’re scanning lunch menus, wondering what to make for dinner, or searching for an afternoon snack, your feet are rarely the first thing on your mind. However, the right food choices can do wonders for the skin, bones, muscles, and ligaments of your feet. Here’s a list of healthy and foot-friendly food suggestions for you to enjoy this summer:
Spinach Salad with Cherries and Walnuts
For a delicious light summer salad, try tossing a 5 oz bag of spinach with a few tablespoons of Champagne vinegar, olive oil, a 1/2 cup of dried cherries, and a 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts. The spinach is packed with dairy-free, bone-fueling calcium, while the cherries provide antioxidants that reduce inflammation. The walnuts contain omega-3 oils that enhance your skin’s elasticity.
Soba Noodles with Ginger Broccoli
Broccoli contains a high dose of vitamin C, which fortifies the collagen in your foot’s tendons and ligaments. For an easy summery meal, mix cooked soba noodles with pan-sizzled broccoli, garlic, and ginger. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of lime juice over the top for a refreshing tang.
Pineapple Pomegranate Smoothie
To feed your skin’s healthy glow, blend a smoothie with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2 cup frozen berries, and 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds. The pomegranate is filled with antioxidants, and the pineapple is a great source of ligament-repairing enzymes.
Granola with Dark Chocolate Chunks
Start the day with a bowl of chocolate chunk granola, or indulge mid-afternoon for a crunchy snack. Your foot muscles will appreciate the extra surge of protein, while the skin of your feet will benefit from the chocolate’s rich flavonoids.
Homemade Orange Dreamsicles
For a quick summer cool-off, blend 1 cup orange juice with 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of agave nectar or any natural sweetener. Freeze the mix in popsicle molds for about 4 hours, then enjoy! Be sure to use fortified orange juice to receive the skin-nourishing benefits of its vitamin C as well as its bone-boosting calcium.
In addition to making healthy choices for your feet, it’s always a good idea to see a foot doctor for seasonal check-ups. At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating bunions, heel pain, and other common summer foot issues. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!