Focusing on seasonal fruits and veggies is one of the best ways to keep your personal menu healthy, fresh, and lively any time of year. Eating what’s in season also connects you to your local foodscape, especially if you start grocery days by strolling neighborhood farmers markets to see what’s growing around town. There’s no excuse to continue on with the same drab meal plans when you can have so much fun mixing it up with these healthy seasonal options.
Nothing feels like the onset of summer more than biting into a juicy slice of watermelon. This intensely hydrating fruit starts to pop up more regularly starting in late May and June, and stays on the greatest hits list all summer long. The most popular way to eat watermelon is by itself, but there are plenty of ways to get innovative with this refreshing melon. Try bringing a watermelon and feta salad to your friends’ block party or backyard barbeque for instant popularity among the healthy eaters of the bunch.
Corn is another favorite for those hot summer days. Whether you’re grilling or steaming, this veggie packs a healthy punch. Actually, corn is healthier than you think! Try adding lime juice instead of butter for a tangy alternative when grilled, or make a southern-style corn pudding you can keep in the fridge and serve throughout the week.
Raspberries strike a balance between indulgently sweet and perfectly tart. If you want to opt for the savory side, throw some fresh raspberries into a salad with a dense green like spinach that will hold up to their weight. Another awesome way to take advantage of raspberry season is to blend them into a healthy detox smoothie, which makes for a perfect wake-up call before starting your busy day.
Around the same time raspberries start popping up at the local market, blueberries are never far behind. Even better than picking them up in a plastic clamshell? Take a group of friends or family to pick these beauties yourselves! Many parts of the United States have fun and inexpensive U-pick options. Blueberries offer tons of health benefits, like high antioxidant content, but they’re also one of the most all-purpose fruits. Throw them in a salad or blend them into a quick blueberry smoothie and enjoy their unique flavor all summer long.
Wondering what to make for breakfast when you have out-of-town company? Take this apricot crisp for a spin — it’s sure to delight your guests. Apricots are prime for the picking this time of year. Since they don’t show up quite as often in most people’s diets, they’re an exciting alternative to the expected flavor palette of other stone fruits. Since they’re on the less-sweet side, they make great additions to both sweet and savory dishes.
Sugar snap peas
Sugar snap peas are a deliciously crisp summer veggie. Great cooked or raw, snap peas are super versatile and easy to work with. Pack yourself an awesome afternoon snack by throwing a handful into a small container for work. They’re high in vitamin C and offer plenty of fiber, making them a great go-to choice when you’re in the mood for a simple, healthy nibble.
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