This week I was able to speak with holistic nutrionist, Amber Young. I really enjoyed talking with her about what holistic nutrition is and how we can incoporate it into our diet. Amber said the three main things to remember is to eat seasonal, organic and unrefined foods and one of the best places to find these foods is at your local farmer’s market. So, with Amber’s help I put together a list of some of the best fruits and veggies of the summer season you can find at any farmer’s market.
What is your favorite fruit to buy at the farmer’s market?
Berries This includes raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Berries are a great low fructose fruit to have for dessert or to add to any of your summer smoothies. When shopping for berries avoid wet or mushy berries and don’t wash them until you are ready to enjoy.
Tomatoes Don’t be overhwhelmed by all of the different types of tomatoes at the farmer’s market. You will usually find heirloom tomatoes in green, yellow, orange or red as well as cherry tomatoes and the classic beefsteak tomato. Whatever tomato you choose make sure it’s full, heavy and round with a pleasant aroma and doesn’t have any unsightly blemishes.
Zucchini I love sprinkling a little seasoning on fresh squash and cooking it on the grill. It is a yummy and healthy alternative to potato chips and other unheathy snacks. Pick firm zucchini which are about 4-6 inches long with shiny, wound free skin.
Melon No summer is complete without a tasty melon. Whether your favorite melon is watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew you want to make sure it’s firm, symmetrical and free of cuts or bruises.
Peaches I get so excited for a fresh bowl of peaches in the summer becuase it is one of the few fruits I don’t have year round. I am very picky about peaches and I don’t think they taste right unless they are fresh, which is only in the summer. If you want your peaches right away choose the peaches that have a sweet peachy smell and are a little softer to the touch. If you want to wait to eat this tasty treat choose the firmer peaches with a fainter peachy smell.
Corn I can’t think of any other veggie I like more at a summer barbecue than fresh corn on the cob. It can be prepared many different ways and is fun to eat. Fully ripened corn has bright green, moist husks you should be able to feel individual kernels by pressing gently against the husk.
Green Beans I really enjoy green beans as a summer side dish. They are one of the few varieties that can be eaten fresh or you can prepare them by steaming or boiling. Look for brightly colored beans that are firm, free of blemishes, and snap when broken.