With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start looking forward to sunshine, baseball, and fruits and vegetables. If bushels and barrels of fresh, seasonal produce don’t get you excited, here are just a few reasons why they should.
Both fruits and veggies are high in fiber and naturally low in calories. Additionally, they are filled with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to keep you healthy and energized.
Fruits and vegetables are often considered to be super foods because they have been proven to reduce the risk of disease. Heart problems, high blood pressure and some cancers can be fought off simply by including fresh produce in your everyday diet.
Another great aspect of these summer super foods is the large variety that you can choose from. Because there are so many types, colors and flavors available, it’s possible for everyone to find something they enjoy – even the picky eaters.
The summer months are a prime time for these select items:
|-Peppers (sweet and spicy)|
Of course, there are countless other types of fruits and veggies available fresh and ready to eat, as well as canned, dried and frozen, but don’t hesitate to take full advantage of all the fresh produce that summer has to offer.
Always remember to wash fresh fruits and vegetables before eating them. A simple rinse under cold water and a light scrub is all it takes to make sure that you are not consuming any chemicals or bacteria left behind. And keep in mind that any fresh produce should be eaten within a few days of purchase and stored in a cool place until then.
Adding Fruits and Veggies
Adding more fruits and veggies to your everyday meals is easier than you think. These items can be added to salads, pasta, sandwiches, yogurt and ice cream. Or, they can be eaten as a quick, healthy snack. Any way you can add more fresh produce to your summer diet is an opportunity to eat better and get healthy. Try washing and preparing your produce right when you get home from the grocery store – you’ll be more likely to reach for a healthy snack if it’s just as easy as grabbing a bag of chips.