Take advantage of the fruits and vegetables in season
Berries, melons, squash, corn… the fruits and vegetables of the summer season are starting to fill up the grocery store shelves. With all the options available, there’s no better season to eat healthfully! This summer, try some of these ideas to bring a rainbow of colors to your kitchen.
Do you usually just grab a bowl of cereal every morning? Summer berries like strawberries and blueberries can be a delicious addition to your cereal, oatmeal, or granola. Just wash the berries and sprinkle them on top of your cereal. Or try adding fresh berries or fresh peaches to your morning yogurt. Summer fruit can be so sweet that it’s like eating dessert for breakfast!
Making a salad during the summer can be a great treat, because so many good vegetables are in season. Bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers are at their peak of flavor. You can also find some interesting lettuces in the early summer, like butter lettuce. Or, if you have a smoothie-maker, then blend up a bunch of vegetables into a healthy green drink. Some vegetables are also great on sandwiches. Adding sliced tomatoes is a great way to make a sandwich juicier and healthier. Another popular sandwich treat is avocado toast, where you add ripe avocados as a spread on your toast, and then add other vegetables on top. Doesn’t all of this sound better than a PB and J sandwich?
Summer vegetables are great for grilling. Try a mixture of asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, and sweet onions. Put them on a shish kebab stick or in a grill pan with some olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got a delicious side dish. You can also find great recipes for zucchini casseroles, breads, and tarts. One summer favorite is off-the-vine summer tomatoes with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and drizzled olive oil. And who doesn’t love an ear of corn on the cob? Summer doesn’t get much better than that!
Some of the best desserts come in their own bowls. Try halving a cantaloupe, scraping out the seeds, and adding a low-sugar vanilla frozen yogurt in the opening. Or if you have a special occasion, carve out a watermelon and make a fruit salad to put inside the hollowed-out watermelon rind. For the bakers out there, nothing can beat a blueberry pie, especially if you pick your own blueberries.
Whether you’re a “foodie” or not, you can still enjoy the great tastes of fresh fruits and vegetables, whether they’re cooked on a grill, baked in a pie, or simply eaten just as they are. This summer, why not make an effort to try a new recipe, taste a new fruit, and explore the world of healthy eating!