What’s In Season: Summer Edition

Summer is a great time to upgrade or adopt new health habits. Take advantage of the season’s bounty to up your intake of fruits and vegetables.

Astronomically speaking, the summer solstice—when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky—is the official start to summer. And right on time, summer produce is starting to fill our local markets. By the 4th of July, we’ll have all of our BBQ favorites at our fingertips, such as corn on the cob, summer squash, and juicy watermelon.

Nature provides us with what we need seasonally to help us feel our best. During the summer months, this means light, hydrating foods. With abundant fresh fruits and veggies, longer daylight, and possibly a more relaxed work schedule—summer is an ideal time to use these benefits to our advantage and establish healthy habits.

Adding more colorful vegetables to your plate is a great place to start. Challenge yourself to get creative and try several new veggies each month. With warmer temps we’re naturally thirstier, so now is the time to boost your water intake so it becomes routine. Try infused water to make it more fun and flavorful. Longer daylight also offers the opportunity to be more physically active outdoors. Take an evening stroll after dinner to bump up your daily steps.

A Summer Garden = Nature’s RainboW

If you’re looking to grow your own food, it’s not too late to get in on the garden game. There’s still time to plant a garden and reap a summer harvest. Corn, beans, carrots, squash, and greens can still be planted from seed. Tomato plants can still go in the ground, too. Regardless of where you get your produce, make sure to get your hands on some of these beauties over the next few months:

  • Beets

  • Blackberries

  • Blueberries

  • Cantaloupes

  • Cucumbers

  • Corn

  • Eggplant

  • Green beans

  • Peaches

  • Peppers

  • Raspberries

  • Squash

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon

  • Zucchini

Try some of our favorite summer recipes!