Healthy Summer Plant-Based Foods and Facts!
The following are my Favorite Healthy Summer Plant-Based Foods:
- Tomatoes are beginning to harvest big time right now; and you can find the juiciest, most flavorful tomatoes at your local farmers market! Currently, my home garden is thriving with a variety of tomatoes, and I find it very exciting to go outside and pick them off the vine. Tomatoes are well known for their high antioxidant properties; such as lycopene. Start your meal with a tomato and cucumber salad to give you a flavorful appetizer full of nutrients.
- Cucumbers are oh so delicious and may be served plain as a healthy snack, added to a salad, used in a shake, or even as a chip for your guacamole! Cucumbers offer valuable antioxidant and anti- inflammatory benefits from their phytonutrients. I really enjoy how cucumbers are a refreshing and high water content veggie; perfect for hot summer days.
- Eggplant is one of my favorite Healthy Summer Plant-Based Foods. Slice one up and spread coconut oil all over it. Then grill your eggplant slices on the BBQ! Antioxidants found in eggplant offer antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
The best way to buy your produce is to go to your local Farmer’s Market. Locally grown produce is the best option. If you don’t have access to a farmer’s market, keep in mind when you are at the store that you want to buy your produce from local growers. You don’t want to buy produce that was shipped in from another country. The time between harvesting the produce and consuming the produce is critical. The longer it takes to travel from it’s original source to your mouth, the more compromised it is. Produce will lose essential nutrients and freshness.
If possible, grow your own Healthy Summer Plant-Based Foods! You can harvest your food and enjoy it right away! This will guarantee freshness and maximize the nutrient value of your healthy summer plant-based foods!
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