If you’re wondering how to make the most out of your next summer meal, seasonal fruit and vegetables are the way to go. Both provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber for better health, reduced risk of many diseases, and increased energy and weight loss. Even if you always take a multivitamin, filling your diet with whole fruit and vegetables is the best way to ensure you’re receiving the nutrition you need. Not to mention sampling a variety of this season’s colorful, juicy and fresh produce can be a delicious way to break out of your same-old food routine.
Best of all? Seasonal fruit and vegetables cost less than out of season produce, a huge benefit to those of us trying to eat healthy in today’s economy. It may surprise you to learn that fruit and vegetables in season take very little effort to produce, so less labor is necessary, thus drastically reducing the price. So which fruit and vegetables are in season and ripe for the picking?
Looking for creative ways to incorporate fresh summer veggies into your next meal? Try a vegetable stir-fry sautéed with extra virgin olive oil and fresh garlic. Or chop vegetables in large chunks, toss with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill until slightly charred. Try tossing together a robust salad with as many vegetables as you can.
Want to add more seasonal fruit to your diet? Try topping your cereal, oatmeal, and even salads with fresh fruit. A fruit salad or protein and fruit smoothie are delicious and refreshing treats this time of year. And a great way to enjoy peaches ? Try them slightly grilled.
No matter what, always enjoy your fruit and vegetables with high quality protein and fat for a balanced meal and to keep blood sugar stable. Eat well!
The Venice Nutrition Team