August may have just come to an end, but the summer is not yet over! Let’s not put on our sweaters and pull out the pumpkin pie spice yet. We still have several weeks yet to make some marvelous summer food. The great thing about end of the summer food is the huge variety of veggies you can still get at the farmer’s market such as eggplant, tomatoes, basil, green beans, kale, potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower.
And let’s not forget fruits. Apples, grapes, pears, cherries, stone fruit, blueberries, and raspberries are still at their best. If there is one thing nutritionists all over the world can agree upon is that creating a foundation of vegetables and some fruit in your diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and maybe even your longevity.
At this time of year, these foods just taste better and are packed with loads of nutrients. So, it’s a great time to start eating more plant foods.
4 Ways to Capitalize on End of Summer Produce
1. Tomatoes – Fresh tomatoes right off the vine is a no-brainer. Get out the olive oil, basil, and a splash of Balsamic vinegar and you are good to go. Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins including vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K and folate. They also contain lycopene in abundance, a red pigment and antioxidant that is well known for its beneficial health effects. Tomatoes also contain other plant compounds such as beta carotene, naringenin which decreases inflammation, and chlorogenic acid which may lower blood...
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