Fruits and vegetables can be found all year long fresh, frozen, or even canned. However, when produce is in season, it tastes so much better and can be easier on your wallet. Seasonal produce in your area will vary by growing conditions and weather, so check out a local farmer’s market to find produce grown in your area.
Eating fruit has many health benefits. People who eat fruits and vegetables as part of an overall diet may lower their risk for certain diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide nutrients needed to maintain your health and body.
Try some of these recipes to incorporate seasonal produce into your weekly meal planning or take to your next summer meal:
A great summer treat to make when our garden is bursting with tomatoes and jalapeño peppers. Enjoy over eggs, meat, fish, tofu, or with whole grain chips.
Asparagus with Gremolata Sauce
Asparagus has folate, fiber, as well as vitamins A, C, E, and K. It also has antioxidants, so treat yourself to this dish knowing that you are feeding your body with some important nutrients.
Celery with Apricot Blue Cheese Spread
Crunchy, sweet celery is a versatile snack food, just right for this flavorful spread. Filled with dried fruit and nuts, this enticing and quick low-fat spread can be made ahead or on the spot. You could also serve it on whole grain crackers as an appetizer.
Apple & Chicken Salad
A deliciously balanced blend of crisp Cameo apples, celery, raisins, chicken breast and Greek yogurt-based dressing, served over a bed of lettuce.