It’s finally summer time. We are all anxious to break out of our normal routines and enjoy the weather. Besides the sunshine, there are other things in the summer that we should be thankful for and take full advantage of. Most of the fruits and vegetables we consume are in their prime season in the summer time. Prime season means that they are the most fresh for that item for the year during this time. Seasonal summer fruits and vegetables include:
- Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries
- Bell peppers, Sweet peppers
- Mangoes, melons
- Green beans
- Lettuce and herbs
- Cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini
The list goes on and on. There is such a variety of fruits and vegetables that can be purchased and grown locally during the summer time. This gives you the opportunity to add fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Not only do they taste delicious, they have great nutritional benefits. They are packed with natural vitamins and minerals that keep our bodies physically and mentally feeling at their best.
When deciding where and how to choose fruits and vegetables, you want to look for a location the sells the most fresh produce. These locations include farmer’s markets, local farms, and various grocery stores. When selecting the fruit or vegetable, make sure it is bruise-free and ripe. This allows you to get the most out of the product.
Enjoy these great tasting fruits and vegetables by adding them to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and pack them as a snack. Since its summer time, start up the grill and cook peppers, corn, and zucchini with some pepper or your favorite seasoning. Add fruit to your salads with a light balsamic or poppy seed dressing. Enjoy summer to the fullest!