Year in review + Summer seasonal produce

It’s hard to believe we are almost to the month of July! I say this all the time, but I feel like the year is flying by. This time last year, we were anxiously awaiting the official launch of Healthy Bites Houston on July 4th! We started the blog with the intention of providing quality nutrition information to readers, and we hope we have accomplished that.

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Last fall, we discussed tips to save money at the grocery store by focusing on seasonal produce. I would say that it’s officially summer in Houston now with temps now in the high 90’s. And, I know many of our readers are experiencing temperatures hotter than that! It’s hard to even walk from the store to the car without sweating a little. But, with summer, comes some of my favorite produce! From berries to peaches to tomatoes, there are so many tasty options to choose from. And, by consuming seasonal produce, you are saving money and getting more nutritional benefit by having a ripe fruit or vegetable. In today’s post, I’ll focus on a few of my favorite summer fruits and hopefully give you some unique tricks to incorporate them into your daily routine!

Peaches

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Peaches are probably my favorite summer fruit. I can hardly wait until the grocery store has their first stock available in the produce section each year. In addition to having a high amount of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber, peaches are also good sources of minerals like potassium and iron. Lately, I have been using frozen peach slices as the ice in my water cup each morning. It gives flavor to my water to keep me hydrated and keeps it cold! I also made my superfoods bowl a few nights ago, and instead of pomegranate seeds, I substituted sliced peaches. So flavorful! Or, try using peaches in your overnight oatmeal to provide a natural sweetness.

Berries

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In addition to being a high source of fiber, berries pack a nutritional punch with their vitamin C and antioxidant content. In fact, did you know about 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange? Strawberries are one of my favorite berries, and this salad dressing recipe is a staple for us in the summertime. I love that the natural sweetness of the ripe berries allows me to forgo using much sweetener, if at all. Blueberries are also much cheaper this time of the year than others. So, to stock up for recipes like blueberry muffins during fall and winter months, I will buy blueberries, freeze them, and save them for a time when fresh blueberries are more expensive. Or, try blueberries in our banana bread recipe – you won’t be disappointed!

Melon

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Although all types of melon are in season, watermelon is my favorite among them all! There’s something so satisfying about a watermelon on a hot summer day. I typically have some cut and ready to eat in our refrigerator to snack on throughout the summer months. I even had a friend suggest an idea of blending up watermelon that may be losing its crisp texture and freezing it in ice cube trays to use in water. Like tomatoes, the red hue of watermelon provides a pigment called lycopene that acts as a cancer fighting antioxidant. Watermelon is also high in various vitamins, such as Vitamin A, C and B6. This Arugula, Watermelon, and Feta salad from Ina Garten is on my list of recipes to make soon!

Talk to us! What are some of your favorite summer fruits? And, don’t forget to fill out our survey to give us feedback on what we can do to better serve you as our reader!

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