During summer, farm fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful, and there’s no better time to take advantage of their high nutrient content than when they’re at peak of season. Celebrate cream of the crop produce with these healthy fresh meal ideas:
- Gazpacho - Make a tasty watermelon gazpacho with watermelon, cranberry juice, cucumber, celery, red bell pepper, red onion, mint leaves, parsley, lime, sherry vinegar, and minced jalapeno pepper. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, a very good source of vitamin A, and a good source of magnesium and potassium.
- There’s no better time to enjoy the refreshing tastes and textures of a freshly made salad than during summer. From fruit salads to mixed green salads, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that is not nutritious! Make a flavorful tabbouleh salad with grilled vegetables. Tabbouleh is very low in fat and is traditionally made with bulger, chopped herbs (fresh parsley and fresh mint), lemon juice, olive oil, and tomato.
- Salmon is firm in texture, salmon lends itself to a variety of complementary flavors, and salmon is quick to cook. This fish is made for grilling! Try pairing grilled salmon with a flavorful mango salsa. An excellent source of tryptophan and vitamins D and B12. Also a very good source of omega-3 fats and protein.