When I was younger, I had a hard time eating vegetables because my family tended to only eat them canned. Sometimes it can be hard to shop for fruits and veggies because they go in and out of season and can go bad if you let them sit on your kitchen counter for too long. Canned veggies never go bad, but I didn’t like their taste and texture, so I figured vegetables weren’t for me. Fruits and vegetables are for everyone! You actually really need them, and I promise that there is a way for you to start liking them again. You just need to know when to buy the fresh and tastier ones so you no longer have to eat out of a can. Different fruits and vegetables are grown in different seasons. If you buy an avocado in the middle of October, there is a good chance it will be mushy and bad. The last thing I want is for you to grow an aversion to your former favorite fruits because you got stuck with a bad one. Learn when the best time is to buy your favorite fruits and veggies. Try some new fresh fruits and veggies of the season to gain some new favorites.
Summer is one of the best growing seasons, which means it has the widest variety of fresh and ripe fruits and vegetables. This also means that it is one of the best times to start eating healthy. Below is a list of fresh summer fruits and veggies, along with why they are good for you, that you can start enjoying now!
Apricots: Get yourself some vitamin A.
Cantaloupe: Incredible amount of vitamin A and C. More than three times the amount that you need every day. So get your body stocked up!
Boysenberries: Good amount of fiber.
Watermelon: Good amount of vitamin C. Keeps you hydrated without drinking, and you need to stay hydrated.
Strawberries: Zero fat, almost no calories, a bit of vitamin C, and a whole lot of delight!
Raspberries: Great amount of fiber and vitamin C.
Plums: A little bit of everything but the bad stuff!
Peaches: Same idea as the plum.
Mangos: Great amount of vitamin A, and incredible amount of vitamin C.
Figs: Bit of the good, none of the bad.
Grapes: Pretty much same as the fig. Sorry to repeat, but a fruit’s a fruit.
Cherries: Good amount of fiber and vitamin A and C.
Beans: Good amount of fiber and vitamin C.
Corn: Great amount of protein, vitamin B-6, and magnesium.
Cucumbers: Pretty much just water, but you’ve got a bit of vitamins in there, too. Plus, you do need more water. You’re not getting out of it.
Eggplant: Good amount of fiber.
Peppers: Excellent amount of vitamin C, and good amount of vitamin B-6.
Split Peas: Incredible amount of fiber and protein, with a great amount of iron and magnesium to top you off. These are gold. Go eat some.
Zucchini: Good amount of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6. I mean, they’re no split peas, but they still do good things.
Tomatoes: Now, don’t start yelling at me about tomatoes being a fruit. If it tastes like a vegetable, it’s going in the vegetable column. It’s also got a good amount of vitamin A and C.
Fruits and vegetables are excellent in every meal. Put some apricot over your cereal in the morning, and have some cantaloupe on the side. Put some cucumber and tomatoes on your sandwich for lunch, and throw in a side of watermelon. Grab some grapes and split peas for a snack. Throw some peppers and zucchini in your pasta for dinner. Drop some strawberries and raspberries over your frozen yogurt for dessert. I may be going totally overboard, but get more fruits and veggies in your meals! If you buy what’s fresh and in season, you will love it.