Monday, June 11, 2012

Eat Fresh This Spring and Summer

Spring and summer welcome a host of great fruits and veggies we don’t normally see during the winter months. Hit up a farmers market, veggie co-op or start growing them in your own backyard and try these in-season faves that are loaded with sensational, fresh flavors.

Berries - Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are chock full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, potassium and folate. Eat ‘em up while you can because these are the nutrients we usually don’t get enough of.

Summer Squash - Zucchini, pattypans and yellow crookneck are all types of summer squash and a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber and potassium. When selecting a squash, look for smaller ones as they generally pack a sweeter flavor.

Watermelon - This quintessential summertime staple is a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon is also a great antioxidant, helping to lower your risk of certain diseases. So when you’re looking for that perfect melon, use your nose - Ripe ones will smell delicious.

Corn - This is a favorite summertime carb and a great source of fiber. It has phytonutrients that may promote heart health. When you’re looking for tasty ears, try to get it as fresh-picked as possible, looking for a bright green husk and silks that are stiff, dark and moist.

Peas - These summertime favorites are packed with protein and rich in vitamins A and C. Go ahead and eat them fresh from the peapod and look for a shiny, bright green outer color.

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