Seasonal Bounty: Eating Healthy During the Summertime
Eating healthy in-season fruits, vegetables and herbs provides your body with the greatest concentration of vitamins and minerals available from those ingredients. As the produce sits in storage, it slowly loses its ability to transfer nutrients into your system. To maintain wellness this season, take full advantage of the ample produce varieties available throughout the summer. Here are six produce options to keep on your table all season.
Garlic bulbs must sit in the ground during the frozen winter months to properly grow to its full potential by the summer harvest season. The overwintering process allows the garlic to develop high concentrations of antibacterial compounds that ready your immune system for the wintertime flu season.
Decadent rosemary stalks contain powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal compounds. You can net additional benefits by breathing in rosemary’s intoxicating aroma for a natural boost in memory and concentration.
Zucchini is a highly versatile vegetable that can replace carbohydrate-laden sides in your daily meals. Just one 200 gram serving of zucchini provides a generous percentage of your daily vitamin A, B-6 and C needs.
Edamame beans are chock full of protein, potassium, iron and magnesium. Your body will also receive a nice dose of vitamin B-6 and C with each serving you consume. Eat the edamame raw on your salad or boiled as a side.
You can find blackberries growing wild by the side of the road or packaged neatly in produce containers at your local grocery market. Eat a cup of these berries daily to receive a healthy amount of potassium, calcium, vitamin A and magnesium. Just one serving will provide half of your vitamin C requirements for the day as well.
Eating healthy peaches after workouts can revive your energy levels and fill you up until your next meal. Fresh peaches give your body a boost of vitamin C to support your immune system and facilitate the absorption of other important nutrients.
If you need assistance eating healthy and staying well, contact Dr. Chrissy Davis-Allen our dedicated naturopathic physician at Access to Health for a consultation today.
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