Luscious ripe tomatoes, buttery lettuce, crunchy snap peas, curly-leafed kale, sugar-sweet carrots, and colorful peppers row after row of wonderful, locally grown summer vegetables have begun lining the stalls of farmers markets and local grocery displays. Succulent summer produce is just coming into season, offering a tempting array of nutritious veggies to punch up summer menus.
Veggies Offer Nutrients
Fresh vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals and are an excellent source of fiber. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average 60-plus adult should eat 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day. To ensure that you are getting a good mix of nutrients in your diet, eat the rainbow; in other words, include as many different colored vegetables in your diet as possible.
Veggies in Your Diet
Take advantage of summer's bounty by snacking on fresh raw veggies and tossing locally-grown vegetables into your favorite dishes. Try a few of these ideas and be sure to share your own veggie creations with us:
- For a sweet treat, snack on fresh sugar snap peas or slices of sweet pepper (also great served with hummus)
- Add fresh-grated carrots and sliced kale to salads or your favorite slaw recipe
- Toss chopped fresh spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, or shelled peas into risottos and pasta dishes
- Add fresh green beans, limas, and edamame to your special bean salad recipe
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