As the seasons come and go, so do certain fruits and vegetables. They may be available year round, but some fruits and veggies taste the best at the prime of their harvest. With a warm creep into the summer season, these foods are likely to be popular in your local farmers market, as well as on your menu.
The name says it all in this subtle flavored vegetable. You might recognize this squash due to its unique variety of shape, sizes, and color. Aside from being visually appealing, summer squashes are loaded with benefits. In 1 medium squash, it contains about 30 calories, over 2 grams of fiber, and is a good source of vitamin B-6 and potassium. Enjoy this vegetable raw dipped in you favorite hummus or try this tasty recipe this next time you fire up the grill.
It’s likely that you grew up having to forcefully eat this vegetable at dinnertime. But given the health benefits and delicious ways to prep this veggie, you’re likely to make it a staple in your vegetable bin this summer. In addition to providing you with 2.5 grams of fiber, 1 cup of green beans is also a good source for vitamin A, C, and K. Try these healthy green bean fries the next time you feel like guiltlessly indulging.
This sweet and visually appealing fruit is a great food to add into any sweet or savory dish. Although dried figs are usually available year around, fresh figs make a yearly appearance during summertime through autumn. They are incredibly good for your gut health due to the high fiber content – fiber in which is prebiotics. In addition, figs are rich source of potassium, which can help balance a high sodium diet. Try this Fig Quinoa Salad to start off your next meal!
Blueberries are often sought out for during the summertime because of their antioxidant properties, their fat burning benefits, and because they are at their prime sweetness. In addition to their variety of antioxidants, this superfood is packed with vitamin C, B6 and potassium. Check out this tasty guilt-free blueberry muffin recipe and take it to your next BBQ.