It’s hot, and also the time of year for vegetable gardens to be producing bountiful goodies. You likely already know the best method for consuming produce is by growing you’re own, and you probably know that eating in season is preferable. But whether you have your own supply or shop locally at a farmer’s market, definitely make a point to purchase these 5 summer superfoods while we are in the midst of their peak season.
While it’s not a staple in all gardens, it should be a staple in all kitchens. Not only is it versatile for cooking, garlic has numerous health benefits—making it a true superfood. It has heart-protective qualities, can help with iron metabolism, includes anti-inflammatory benefits, may reduce your risk of cancer, and has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
We are right in the middle of peach-season. And if you can find them from a local orchard, you are in for a sweet treat. Peaches are a great source of vitamin C and dietary fiber. They may also be effective in fighting metabolic syndrome—a set of symptoms like obesity and inflammation that can lead to serious issues like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
If you (or the farmers around you) were able to get their tomatoes in early enough, you should be enjoying plenty of these sun-ripened, summer superfoods right now. These are a summertime favorite as you can almost taste the sun in each one. Tomatoes have numerous health benefits including the anti-cancer properties of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. They are also rich in vitamins C, A, B6, E, and K.
While many leafy greens can’t take the heat, chard varieties are tolerant and have a long growing season. Whether you like Swiss or Rainbow chard, the health benefits are many. According to WHFoods, chard leaves contains at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants—which have the ability to help with everything from blood sugar regulation to cancer protection. Chard also supports bone health and has anti-inflammatory properties.
It wouldn’t be summer without watermelon. It’s chocked full of water so is a great way to keep kids (and adults) hydrated while playing on hot days. But watermelon benefits don’t stop there; it’s also a good source of vitamins A and C and includes both lycopene and beta-carotene.
Summer is a great time to boost your fruit and vegetable consumption. These foods can provide the fuel you need to keep active in beautiful weather and provide a wide range of amazing benefits. Also, the summer flavors give you one more reason to enjoy this time of year.