10 in-season summer superfoods
Whether you're looking to lose weight or supplement your diet with healthier foods, look no further than your grocery store's produce section this summer to get started! Seasonal fruits and vegetables taste better and are dense with nutrients thanks to their freshness, and they're far cheaper than out-of-season veggies that you'll pay more for in additional transportation costs.
The next time you drop by your local farmer's market or supermarket, stock up on the following summer superfoods that you and your loved ones can enjoy all season long.
Strawberries are at their best during the summer, and they are a welcome source of nutrients like vitamin C, dietary fiber, folate, manganese and potassium. These delectable berries are perfect at breakfast, as a salad topper or a healthy dessert.
Whether used as a base for a salad, soups or baked dishes, arugula has a peppery taste that pairs beautifully with lemon juices or vinaigrettes. The green is one of the best dietary sources of calcium outside of dairy products, as well as nutrients like folate, vitamins A, K, C, iron, potassium and magnesium.
While they are available year-round, the most common variant of avocadoes in the U.S., Hass avocadoes, hit their peak in the summer months. Avocadoes can be adapted to just about any recipe, and are a welcome source of polyunsaturated (good) fats, fiber, potassium, folate and more.
Zucchinis hit their peak in May and June, and they make for a perfect side dish, as well as a welcome addition to salads and sandwiches. Zucchinis are nutritional powerhouses, which are a great source of dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, folate, potassium, copper, protein, B vitamins and much more.
Cherries are at their sweetest in the summer months, and the best time to seek them out is during the month of July. These delicious fruits are a welcome source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as vitamin C & A, copper, and dietary fiber.
Along with tree fruits like cherries, peaches hit their stride in the summer months and are delicious on their own or as pie filling, salad toppers and more. Peaches are a major source of vitamin C, as well as dietary fiber, niacin and potassium.
While we normally associate them with fall comfort foods, antioxidant-rich blueberries are actually summer fruits that have innumerable uses in the kitchen from a quick snack to a perfect smoothie ingredient. While they are high in sugar as compared with other fruits, blueberries contain dietary fiber, vitamins C &K and manganese.
Although it is technically a squash, cucumbers' high water content make it a refreshing addition to summer salads, cocktails and other warm weather creations. Cucumbers are high in vitamin C, fiber, potassium and magnesium, and be sure to leave the skins on to reap the maximum nutritional benefit!
Okra is one of the most nutrient-dense veggies available in any season, and they are delicious roasted, pickled and everything else in between! Okra is a good source of protein, niacin, iron, phosphorus and zinc, as well as vitamins A, C and K.
Last but not least, if you're looking for a unique type of onion to spice up some of your seasonal dishes, shallots are in-season and boast the highest concentration of antioxidants in the onion and leek family. Shallots are high in vitamin C, folate and potassium, as well as vitamins A, B6 and manganese.
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