Reminder: Why do we want to eat produce that's grown in season?
1) Higher nutrient value; they fully ripen
2) Lower impact on the environment; reduce food miles
3) Costs less!
Plus - You may be able to support local farmers! This puts more money back into your local economy! #shopsmall #shoplocal
You may know that I advocate for families to eat more fruits and vegetables daily. Will you partner with me by challenging yourself to eat FIVE. That is, five different fruits and five different veggies every day! Is this hard? Depends. Is it worth it? Well, your life may depend upon it! Let's choose real, colorful food by way of fruits and vegetables (and a variety from good food sources). It could very well promote healing and recovery in our wellness journey. Woohoo!! Let's hear it for whole food nutrition!!
If you're struggling to try something new because you're eating the same 2 or 3 veggies (or fruit) day in and day out, you may be interested in learning that I was just like you a handful of years ago. (Learn more here.)
You can also download my free eGuide (no affiliations mentioned) if you'd like to incorporate more colorful foods by way of fruits and vegetables in your regimen. (Click here.)
Lastly, you can always bridge the gap with dehydrated fruits and veggies that are non-GMO and NSF Certified. The starches have been removed making the capsules a good choice for most. There are 30 whole foods! More information here.
I encourage you to set a new goal every week: Try a new fruit or a new vegetable. Go online, find a recipe, learn how to clean or prep it, and how to make it (if it needs cooking). Open your mind to the possibilities! Always look for ways to keep the whole food as close to its natural state as possible.
The aforementioned served as a catalyst for me to change and nowadays I really enjoy fruits and veggies. Seriously. People ask me what I'm always thinking about and my answer is usually vegetables or cookies (you know since I'm being honest here).
How to find fruits and vegetables in season in your specific region - visit Sustainable Table and for a list of produce generally available, go to Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters.
Lastly, you may want to see if there are any farmer's markets in your area or community support agriculture programs or co-ops (like Azure Standard or Frontier), visit Local Harvest. You can Google the co-op programs and find the site and drop off information for your city, if available, on their websites.
Ready? Let's dig in! =)
|The Organic Kitchen: Roasted Beet Salad|
|Delicious Obsessions - This is So Good Home: Beet Ginger Sauerkraut|
|Recipes to Nourish: Roasted Beets|
|How We Flourish: Nomato Sauce|
|Delicious Obsessions: Festive Beet Salad|
Farm Fresh Feasts: Beet Recipes Index
|Rules of Dieting: Vegan Chili|
|Farm Fresh Feasts: Teriyaki Bell Peppers|
|Delicious Obsessions: Pickled Bell Peppers|
|Rules of Dieting: Roasted Veggies|
|Richly Rooted: Breakfast Biscuits (with Bell Peppers)|
|The Organic Kitchen: Bell Pepper Linguini|
|One Beet Wellness: Stuffed Bell Peppers with Curried Veggies|
|Recipes to Nourish: Mexican Corn|
|iConvey Awareness: Corn Salsa Fresca|
|Farm Fresh Feasts:Chile Corn Saute|
|Montana Homesteader: Grilled Corn on the Cob|
iConvey Awareness: Eat More Organic Popcorn
|Delicious Obsessions: Yogurt Cucumber Salad|
|Farm Fresh Feasts: Soy Sesame Cucumbers|
|One Beet Wellness: Feta Cucumber Salad|
|Richly Rooted: Grilled Cucumber Soup|
|Recipes to Nourish: Summer Salsa with Cucumber|
|Montana Homesteader: Refrigerator Pickles|
|The Organic Kitchen: Cucumber (and Apple) Juice|
|Farm Fresh Feasts: Roasted Eggplant|
|iConvey Awareness: Buttery Sage Eggplant|
|Farm Fresh Feasts: Seasoned Eggplant Yogurt Dip|
|Yearning and Learning: Homemade Tomato Sauce|
|Richly Rooted: Garden Gazpacho (with Tomatoes)|
|Rules of Dieting: Garlic Oregano Baked Tomatoes|
|Montana Homesteader: Green Tomato Enchilada Sauce|
|Richly Rooted: Tabouli|
|Montana Homesteader: Green Tomato Salsa Verde|
|Richly Rooted: Tomato Cheese Tarts|
|Learning and Yearning: Ratatouille using several veggies above (eggplant, okra, tomatoes)!|
|Richly Rooted: Tomato Recipe Collection!|
Recipes to Nourish: Tomato Basil Butter Sauce
Farm Fresh Feasts: Tomato Pesto
The Organic Kitchen: Pasta with Tomatoes and Lemon
Berries - all kinds
|Delicious Obsessions: Lemon Coconut Blueberry Muffins|
|Richly Rooted: Berry Pancake Syrup|
|Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry Muffins|
|Richly Rooted: Blueberry Pie|
|The Humbled Homemaker: Blueberry (and Applesauce) Muffins|
|Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry Coffee Cake|
|Richly Rooted: Raspberry Salad Dressing|
|The Humbled Homemaker: Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie|
|Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry Cloud Dessert|
|Richly Rooted: Blueberry Muffins|
|Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry (and Watermelon) Slushee|
|Richly Rooted: Black Raspberry Muffins|
|Fearless Eating: Blackberry Kvass|
|Learning and Yearning: Homemade Strawberry Maple Jam|
|Recipes to Nourish: Raspberry Smoothie|
|Made to Glow: Strawberry Infused Water|
|Purposeful Nutrition: Currants an Old Fashioned Fruit|
|Recipes to Nourish: Blackberry BonBons|
|Richly Rooted: Black Raspberry Mini Pies|
|Richly Rooted: Strawberry Shortcake|
|Richly Rooted: Raspberry Green Tea|
|The Antidote Life: Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles|
|iConvey Awareness: Strawberry (with Apple) Salsa|
Recipes to Nourish: Probiotic Raspberry Smoothie
iConvey Awareness: Not Your Mama's Shortcake
Recipes to Nourish: Strawberry Hibiscus Tea
The Antidote Life: Blueberry Cobbler
Made to Glow: Strawberry (with Watermelon) Salad
iConvey Awareness: Strawberry Pizza
Melon - all types
|Richly Rooted: Watermelon Limeade|
|Richly Rooted: Cantaloupe (and Strawberry) Smoothie|
|Recipes to Nourish: Watermelon Granita|
|Recipes to Nourish: Creamy Watermelon Ice Cream|
|Recipes to Nourish: Watermelon Cucumber Juice|
|Recipes to Nourish: Watermelon Popsicles|
|The Antidote Life: Watermelon Agua Fresca|
|The Organic Kitchen: Watermelon Salad|
|Fearless Eating: Watermelon Soda|
|The Antidote Life: Watermelon Cake|
The Antidote Life: Pink Watermelon Lemonade
Fearless Eating: Watermelon Soda
|Delicious Obsessions: Honey Balsamic Glazed Figs|
|Delicious Obsessions: Figs with Cheese and Walnuts|
|Bedrock Eats: Primal Figs (with goat cheese and prosciutto)|
|Richly Rooted: Deep Dish Apple Pie|
|Delicious Obsessions: Apple Muesli|
|Delicious Obsessions: Apple Pie Bites|
|Delicious Obsessions: Rustic Apple Tartlets|
|How We Flourish: Allergen Free Apple Pie|
|Rules of Dieting: Apple (and Blueberry) Jam|
|Delicious Obsessions: Apple Pie|
|Delicious Obsessions - Rules of Dieting: Ginger Baked Apple Wedges|
|The Humbled Homemaker: DIY ACV|
Farm Fresh Feasts: Apple Chutney
From this summer collection, in the comments, share your favorite fruit and vegetable. I'd love to hear a memory about why these are your favorites, too. Some memories I have with the above: Sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper will always remind me of my late grandma. She'd always ask if you wanted sliced tomatoes with every dish she'd prepare! Blackberries also remind me of my childhood. I loved finding these gems planted in the yards of my neighbors. YUM!
Did you notice something similar between this collection and the Spring one? Hint: It's a fruit that grows 75% of the time in places like California. Any guesses? If you know, comment below. It was worth sharing some of the recipes twice! Yes, I've made some of them and if you missed it the first time, well, you'll want to check them out for sure! Go get to making! =) And I bet you may guess that one of the recipes above will definitely be featured in the Fall collection. Crisp pickings!
Reminder: All recipes shared above are with permission. Each blogger has given me permission to share an image from their blog and each link takes you back to their blog. You can look up the ingredients and recipe from their site. =)
Summer is also a time that many turn to easy and cold prep meals. Some tools that may help you in your planning: mason jars, colander, citrus squeezer, microplane, pickling tools, and bowls.
*** Stay tunedThe Fall (Part IV) collection will publish around mid-to-late October. ***
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