I love summertime – the old school summer jams, wind blowing in my fro, and farmers markets. On the food tip, summer gives you an abundance and variety of fruits and vegetable to choose from. Summer is a perfect time if you are looking to change your eating habits or add new foods. Between summer salads, cool drinks, exotic ice cream flavors, or those infamous side dishes at the BBQ’s you can’t go wrong diving with summer produce. Here are 3 reasons you need to be diving into summer produce right now.
BENEFITS AND NUTRIENTS
The summer produce will give you the much-needed nutrients you need to make it through the elements of the summer season and to keep your body strapped up. For example, fruits and vegetables like cucumber, radishes, or strawberries have a very high water content to keep you hydrated during the hot summer months. Eating in-season helps build up your immune to fight the elements of that season. The fruits and vegetables are built for it – think about it. They are growing in the same elements that we shield ourselves from on a daily basis. So as a result, we are gaining that good nutrients and benefits from them when we eat them.
GET THE BEST FLAVOR
Produce grown at its peak season will give you the best flavor. When you cook with summer produce provides a fresh and vibrant flavor to your dishes that will just elevate your dish to another level. The fresher your ingredients are the less seasoning you will have to use when cooking. You will find that all the seasoning you need will be some salt and pepper. This allows the true flavor of the produce to shine through your dishes.
KEEP THE COINS IN YOUR POCKET
Fruits and vegetables have a peak growing season when they are at their best and in abundance, this is the time to buy it for the low. A major key to keeping those coins is to purchase all of your produce when it is in-season because you will find it at it’s best price. At my local grocery store, there is always a sale at my local grocery on summer’s produce. Look around the next time you go the grocery store, let the sale signs lead you. If you shop at your farmers market, you will always get summertime’s best because your local farmers grow food with the seasons. Therefore, you will find great locally organic grown produce at your farmers’ markets.
Summer produce brings an abundance of fruits and vegetables such as berries, melons, tomatoes, corn, cucumber, and a variety of other things. The key to saving money and getting the best produce is knowing what to shop for. To help you out I have created a FREE Summer Produce Shopping Guide to get you started.