Summer is just around the corner and summer fruits are beginning to arrive in your local supermarkets, specialty markets and farmer’s markets. Experts recommend consuming 5 servings* a day of fruits and vegetables to help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Summer fruits are bright, smell sweet and come from exotic places, regional farms, and even your own backyard. They are not only good, they’re good for you - providing nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants, fiberand other nutrients as well as great hydration from fresh fruits to keep you looking and feeling your best. Try one or more of the following today:
- Casaba Melon
- Honeydew Melon
- Lychee Nut
- Crenshaw Melon
Be sure to pick unblemished fruits that show no signs of mold, bug infestation or are overly squishy. If you are uncertain how to choose fruits that are ready to be eaten, ask the produce manager or local farmer you are buying from – they will be glad to help you and will often offer you a sample to try.
For fun, healthy treats for the whole family, try:
- Adding sliced citrus fruits like lemon, lime, or orange to your still or bubbly water or making ice cubes from fruit juice rather than reaching for a soda.
- Try freezing seedless grapes or grabbing a handful of berries for a refreshing snack rather than candy.
- Adding sliced berries or a banana to your cereal or waffle for a refreshing summer breakfast.
- Adding fruits such as mangoes and berries to your salad for a sweet summer flavor.
- Serve freshfruits for dessert which are just as sweet but lower in fat than cakes and ice cream
* One serving of fruit is equivalent to ¼ cup dry or one medium sized piece of fresh fruit such as an orange or ¾ of a cup of juice.