Fruits and Vegetables to Eat Right Now
By Sara Butler
When you buy produce that is in the season, it means that you're buying food that tastes great and is at its peak of vitamins, minerals, and important phytonutrients. If you're wondering what produce to eat right now, then here are a few fruits and vegetables that need to find their way on your plate.
Cantaloupe is delicious and nutritious by itself, but if you want to kick things up a notch then you may want to put some diced cantaloupe on top of some cottage cheese. It's a great snack and the protein will help keep you from being hungry sooner.
If you're unsure how to pick the best cantaloupe, the first step is to smell it. A sweet-smelling melon with a stem that slightly yields when pressure is applied is what you want to look for.
Blueberries are really good for you. They're full of vitamins and minerals that help keep your body healthy and even have one gram of protein per cup -- all for just 84 calories. They're a great snack on their own or as an addition to your breakfast smoothie or dinner salad. Best of all, they're in season now!
Look for a plump, blue, and firm berry. Any with a red tinge was harvested too soon.
You simply cannot go wrong with an apple. It's easy to eat on the go and pairs well with other things, like peanut butter, to make for a satisfying snack. Plus, apples are full of fiber.
You want to make sure to choose apples that are firm without and cuts or visible bruises. If you leave them on your counter they'll ripen pretty fast, so store them in the crisper in your refrigerator if you don't plan to eat them for a few days.
Summer is not over yet so there's still plenty of time to load up on peaches! You may be surprised at all the ways you can eat peaches too. Sure, they're good on their own or as a part of a dessert, but have you ever tried them grilled or with fresh mozzarella cheese and basil? You may be surprised how savory and tasty peaches can be, plus they're low in calories and high in nutrients!
Summer squash is always great to have on hand this time of the year. You can grill it, roast it, or simply air fry it with some panko bread crumbs for a healthy snack. Summer squash is low in calories, too, and can keep in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Enjoy all the season has to offer. You'll supply your body with the nutrients it needs and you'll make sure to keep your taste buds satisfied, too!
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