Your Summer Produce Guide

It’s summer, which means fields full of growing fruits and vegetables, and abundant farmers markets.  Now is the time to take advantage of all of the fresh fruits and vegetables, but with so many options, it can be hard to choose. Here’s a guide to the best and healthiest produce to eat this summer.

Apples

In season from July-October.

This fruit is touted as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Due to the high amount of fiber that apples contain they are good at helping to lower cholesterol and prevent obesity. Also, due to its high amount of vitamin C, apples keep your immune system strong too.

Arugula

In season from May-September.

This leafy green is packed with health benefits and should be a staple in your summertime salads. Packed with vitamins A, C and K, Arugula helps to keep your body functioning at its best. It also has a high antioxidant count, helping to reduce the effects of aging and even cancer.

Blueberries

In season from July-August.

Though they may be small, this fruit certainly packs a punch. As a great source of antioxidants, blueberries help fight diseases. Also, recent research has led to the discovery that blueberries can help reduce belly fat, improve vision and even promote brain health.

Carrots

In season from June-September.

This vegetable is loaded with beta carotene and vitamin A, both which provide amazing health benefits.  These nutrients allow carrots to work to improve vision, prevent heart disease, prevent cancer and even help reduce the effects of aging.

Eggplant

In season from July-October.

This vegetable helps keep the body working at its peak in many ways. As a fibrous vegetable that is low in calories — 20 or less per serving — eggplant can aid in weight loss. It’s also rich in vitamins A, B and C leading to overall health.

Garlic

In season from July-October.

A popular ingredient in countless dishes, garlic is often heralded for the flavor it adds to a meal. However, it’s also highly healthy and works to boost the immune system, promote heart health, reduce inflammation and even keep mosquitoes at bay.

Kale

In season from June-November.

With all the buzz about this leafy green, you know it has to be healthy. Kale is packed with vitamin K, which can help reduce the risk of certain cancers. It’s also a great source of iron, which helps to oxygenate the body and improve liver function.

Peaches

In season from July-September.

Often a summertime favorite, peaches are both delicious and healthy. As an excellent source of vitamin C, peaches help to boost skin health. Peaches also are packed with vitamins A, E, and K which help boost health and improve the body’s functions.

Rhubarb

In season from May-July.

Often found in summertime pies, Rhubarb can add both flavor and health benefits to your summer. Packed with vitamin K, Rhubarb helps blood clot in the event of an injury. Rhubarb is also high in Calcium, which helps keep bones and teeth healthy.

Tomatoes

In season from July-September.

Tomatoes are one of the most popular summertime produce and also the most healthful. Due to the amount of beta-carotene and lycopene in tomatoes, they help reduce the risk of prostate and colorectal cancer. Tomatoes also help to improve heart health and reduce blood pressure.

Make this year your healthiest yet by cooking with and eating fresh summer produce. Between the great taste, amazing health benefits and freshness, eating in season produce can take your meals and health to the next level.

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