During the summertime, it never feels like a chore to eat the best in-season fruits and veggies. From berries to stone fruits, to delicious herbs and corn, there is absolutely no shortage of produce at the farmers market right now. I eat fruits and veggies because I know that they’re good for me, and because right now, many of my favorites are at their ripest. Here are a few more reasons to eat the best of summer’s bounty:
Watermelon. Because watermelon contains more than 90 percent water, it’s one of the most nutritious summer snacks out there. Subtly sweet, high in water content, and filled with lycopene, watermelon is as good for you as it is to eat!
Basil. Basil is a perfect addition to salads, sandwiches, and pasta dishes, and is best served fresh and thinly sliced. Basil is way more than just a garnish, however. It’s a flavorful herb that is also a good source of antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Another basil bonus is that you can grow your own plant right at home!
Eggplant. One of summer’s most versatile vegetables, the eggplant is tasty, beautiful, and really good for you. Eggplants contain virtually no fat, and offer tons of fiber. Nutritionists say that just one cup of cooked eggplant contains 2.5 grams of fiber!
Peaches. Ripe, juicy peaches are one of my all-time favorite fruits, and are so sweet and flavorful that they can easily replace dessert options that contain artificial sugars. The combination of their low-calorie count and their abundance of antioxidants and vitamins A and C make peaches even more crave-worthy.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes are well known for the amount of lycopene, an antioxidant that may help prevent heart disease, they contain, but did you know that tomatoes are also rich in potassium? For me, few summer vegetables come close to the delicious, versatile ways you can incorporate tomatoes into a meal. Sauces, chilled soups, in salads, on a pizza…the possibilities are endless!
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