Seasonal Produce: Summer

Before we know it, the hot temperatures will return, and we will be getting our daily dose of Vitamin D. Don’t let your summer health benefits end there! Eating more fruits and vegetables will help you feel good, look good and stay healthy. It can even reduce your chances of a stroke or heart attack. If you enjoy a healthy and seasonal diet, it’s good to be prepared for the change in seasons by knowing what produce will be at its best.

Summer squash. Zucchini is one of the best parts of summer because you can add it to almost any dish. It can be grilled as a side, added toa sandwich for some greatness, or roasted and put on a pizza!

Fruits and berries. Blueberries, cherries, peaches, plums and raspberries are great summer snacks! They can also be added to salads and drinks or baked into a tart!

Watermelon. The watermelon is the summer staple. You can’t think of this melon without thoughts of backyard BBQs. It can be enjoyed by itself, in a drink, as a salad or even grilled.

Veggies. Corn, broccoli, green beans and tomatoes are in their prime during summer months, so stock up! We all know how great corn onthe cob is, but grill up the rest for some great sides or salads. Prepare a healthy snack by dressing it with a little olive oil and lemon.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is always great, but when you focus on seasonal produce, it’s even better. When shopping locallyand seasonally, you get the most nutrients because the produce is “younger” and hasn’t lost its luster. As the weather changes, be sure toget educated and be prepared so you can enjoy the best of the season!

“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe.” ~ Evelyn Waugh

Visit http://ow.ly/Zg2lC for a summer produce guide from Cooking Light.