Summer is fast approaching (the official start of summer is only two days away) and now is the perfect time to take advantage of all of those delicious fruits and vegetables that are coming into season. Here are a few of the best seasonal summer fruits and vegetables!
What says summer time more than a juicy slice of watermelon to go along with your backyard barbeque? Watermelon is a nutrient dense fruit that provides high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Additionally, watermelon has a low amount of calories despite its sweet taste. And as the cherry on top, watermelon has also been known to help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
Speaking of Cherries…
Cherries are rich in antioxidants and many other health-promoting compounds. Like its seasonal friend, watermelon, cherries also have cancer preventative compounds such as fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins. As an added bonus, cherries also contain melatonin, which helps support healthy sleep. Melatonin plays a vital role in sleep and bodily regeneration. So at the end of a long summer day you can kick back with a bowl of cherries as a sweet treat before bed that will also help you sleep better!
Eggplant is generally described as having a enjoyable bitter taste with a spongy texture. But the taste isn’t the only thing you’ll enjoy about the eggplant. This vegetable contains nasunin, which has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. Eggplants are also rich in phenolic compounds that function as antioxidants. It also supports cardiovascular health and protects from free radicals.
Another healthy summer vegetable is collard greens, which also stands out with its cancer preventative properties. Collard greens also provide detox support for the body. This green super food may not be as talked about as kale, spinach, or broccoli, but it makes up for that with its wide range of health benefits including cardiovascular and digestive support. Plus there are over 7 grams of fiber in every cup of collard greens.
Weighing in at only about four ounces, the kiwifruit will give you a lot of bang for you buck. This green goddess of sorts contains numerous phytonutrients as well as well known vitamins and minerals that promote your health. Separating itself from the rest of the fruits, kiwi’s phytonutrients protect DNA from oxygen-related damage. It also helps with blood sugar control with its fiber content, and similar to other fruits on the list, kiwi aids in cardiovascular and colon health.
These fruits and vegetables are only a few of this season’s delights. Take a look at the full list of fruits and vegetables that you should enjoy this summer:
- Bell peppers
- Collard greens
- Green beans
- Honeydew melon
- Lima beans
- Summer squash and zucchini
There’s a lot to choose from. Have a delicious and healthy summer!