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Seasonal produce for early fall!
Knowing what kind of produce is in season can help you create great dishes in the kitchen! When you choose seasonal, home grown produce, you know you're getting the most flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Check out our Simple Healthy Recipes page for ideas when cooking with seasonal produce! We have so many recipes, you're sure to find something easy that your entire family will enjoy!
July and August- look for peaches, nectarines, okra, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sweet corn, melons, peas, cucumbers, and squash.
- Peaches- One large peach is only about 68 calories! it is also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, Niacin, Potassium, and did we mention they're totally delicious?
- Nectarines- Nectarines are very similar to peaches in terms of nutrition, but tend to be a bit firmer in texture.
- Okra- Also very low in calories, Okra is a wonderful, nutritious addition to any meal. the pods are a good source of folates, which promote prenatal health and protects against neural tube defects. They are also high in vitamin C and Vitamin K. Try them as a side dish, or mixed with other veggies, rice, or lean meat!
- Eggplant- Like many of the choices on this list, eggplant is an excellent source of fiber. it also contains manganese, which promotes bone health.
- Sweet Corn- Sweet corn is a good source of ferulic acid. This antioxidant has been found to have protective properties in fighting diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and alzheimer's. Sweet corn also contains vitamins A, B, and C. Try adding some sweet corn to our Hearty Mexican Soup!
- Melons- One serving of melon provides an awesome variety of nutrients. Melons contain vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as potassium, folate, niacin, and lycopene. And don't forget that melons have high water content, so they can help you stay hydrated during the last of these hot summer months!
- Peas- Peas have recently been show to contain a phytonutrient callled coumestrol, which can lower your risk of stomach cancer. Aside from their health benefits, peas are also an environmentally friendly food! Growing peas actually provides soil with important nutrients.
- Squash- Summer squash is high in vitain C, potassium, and carotenes, and has a high water content. Winter squash, with its high carotene content, has been shown to protect against many cancers, particularly lung cancers.
- Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Peppers- for a description of the health benefits from these foods, see our June blog entry!
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