Summer is only a few weeks away, and with it comes a new batch of crops that are in season. Eating produce that’s in season benefits you and the environment in countless ways.
The produce tastes better, it’s more affordable, contains more nutrients, is less likely to become contaminated due to limited travel, corresponds with your body’s natural needs and supports local farming which in turn reduced taxing transportation costs to the environment.
According to the USDA, here are the foods in season during the summer:
- Bell Peppers
- Collard Greens
- Green Beans
- Lima Beans
- Summer Squash and Zucchini
- Honeydew Melon
With so many delicious options to choose from, summer recipes are fun and delicious. Here are some of my top picks.
Don’t knock this till you try it. Peach and tomato make a surprisingly yummy duo.
Bell peppers function as a much healthier and possibly tastier vehicle for all of your taco fixings.
Cucumber tomato salad always was a staple in my household. It’s refreshing, tangy and slightly sweet. Perfect for the hot summer months.
Personally, I can eat lima beans plain for days, but if you need to dress them up a bit, this is the perfect way.
Get creative with your daily Avo-toast!
Get your seafood fix and two seasonal foods all in one meal.
A wonderful and truly decadent vegan summer indulgence.
Another powerhouse summer produce recipe. This one is surprisingly simple with only a handful of ingredients, as well.
Watermelon is a delicious substitute for classic poke. Bonus: add seaweed on top of the watermelon for an out of this world flavor combination.
As you can see eating seasonally isn’t difficult if you make the effort. Now, get cooking once summer comes around and try some of these recipes!
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