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What to Eat This Summer

Enjoy the Season's Freshest Foods

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Summer Fruits
Fruit is always easy. It is ready to eat, and tastes great. But if you're looking for some new ways to incorporate fruit into your menu besides the "grab and bite" technique, try fruit smoothies, fruit cobblers and fruit-topped pancakes and French toast.
  • Apples. Try them baked with sweet potatoes and raisins.
  • Melons. Use a melon baller to give your melons flair when eaten alone or in a summer fruit salad.
  • Peaches. Who can resist peach cobbler? For a healthier spin, use whole grain flour for the crust.
  • Pears. Try pears on the grill. Wash and cook until tender, then sprinkle with a pinch of sugar and enjoy (quickly!) with vanilla ice cream.
  • Plums. Wash their skin and take a bite!
  • Raspberries.  All berries make tasty addition to pancakes, smoothies, yogurt and fruit salads. Try a mixed berry salad, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Strawberries. Buy them by the bushel and freeze to make fresh-tasting smoothies in the winter months. Combined with bananas, orange juice, and yogurt, they make an unbeatable breakfast drink.
Summer Seasonings
If you've done a little cooking, you probably know that the seasonings can make the meal. Here are some seasonal seasonings for your summer suppers.
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Tarragon
If your pantry isn't stocked with the season's tastiest and most nutritious staples, then get yourself to your local farmer's market and add flavor to your meals with the best summer seasonings. To find a farmer's market near you, visit www.localharvest.org, and enjoy the bounty of summer!
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Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

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