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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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Member Comments

  • Love my veggies!!! Fruits, too.
    Peeled cucumber for dinner today - 12 yr. old grandson loves them
    Also put tomato wedges and celery sticks on plate.
    We eat lots of both vegetables and fruits! - 6/15/2014 10:25:51 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    No one that I know EVER would be "wowed" by lousy cucumber or celery, fresh from the garden or whatever, just saying their names brings cold chills to the tummy............
    ... - 5/16/2014 2:00:36 PM
  • I agree: where is the watermelon?! And where are the BLUEBERRIES????!!
    !!!!! I thought blueberries would be front and center on a list of healthy summer fruit & veggies.... Maybe I just live in a heavy blueberry area. - 7/21/2013 10:11:16 AM
  • BLKLILY
    Watermelon...not on the list? - 7/21/2013 9:01:17 AM
  • Loved the article. Great things. - 5/20/2013 10:00:29 AM
  • My mother used to go the farmer's market every Saturday morning and then come home and boil up the beets. We'd eat them as soon as they were cool enough! Fond memories of a wonderful mother and healthy food! Those were simple pleasures. She passed August 1, 2010, and every time I do something she used to do with us, I honor her by remembering her to others around me! She was a evangelical Christian woman who fought to the last day of her life for people to know that Jesus Christ loves each person and died for you all! God bless you! - 6/21/2011 3:01:31 PM
  • RHONDA167
    I need to hurry up and get to me a farmers market. My brothers are farmers and they grow veggies, but I always have to wait until mid August before the garden is ready. - 6/21/2011 2:11:39 PM
  • great idea! I need to go back to my local farmer's market ;) - 6/21/2011 1:56:13 PM
  • I remember having to eat seasonally growing up since we didn't have the luxury of shipping foods from other countries. That was the way it was until about the 80's. So it's funny how now we are going back to eating that way. - 6/21/2011 10:28:06 AM
  • Great ideas! I was needing some "fresh" ones! - 6/21/2011 8:55:32 AM
  • I love summer foods. Thanks for this quick reference and ideas - 9/11/2009 12:33:05 PM
  • Great Article. I love fresh summer produce, blueberries, strawberries, corn on the cob, fresh zucchini and summer squash. - 6/22/2009 9:27:44 PM
  • SKYLARK7
    thank you this was very good to remind us all to support our farms in the area.. and to eat healthier. - 6/22/2009 11:07:02 AM
  • Very helpful! Thank you for the great summer suggestions. New to shopping for the family and aiming to guide them to healthier food finds. :) Love the ideas for the fruits and veggies. - 6/7/2009 2:53:30 AM
  • Great article. Do give us more! - 8/30/2008 3:19:07 AM

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