Summer is in full swing and lets not forget to stay healthy during this busy season. Vegetables are a nutritious choice that our bodies crave and love. Most farmers markets and local vendors have an abundance of healthy foods for sale. Here is a simple list of the best summer veggies:
Cucumbers: A member of the squash family, cucumber’s high water content makes it a refreshing and hydrating addition to summer menus. A good source of Vitamin C and silica, which is important for connective tissue health. When selecting a cucumber look for slender cucumbers with a dark green firm skin. You can add them to a salad, sandwich, soup or dip.
Zucchini: Freshest and plentiful among local farmers between May-July. Zucchinis are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, folate, phosphorus and several B vitamins. When shopping for this vegetable look for those that resemble a cucumber size and shape, have a smooth thin skin, green or yellow in color is fine. Enjoy by cutting in half and drizzling with olive oil, salt and pepper, bake at 350 degrees for twenty to twenty-five minutes. You can always add raw zucchini to a vegetable platter or salad of your choice.