Wellness

Stock Up on Late Summer Produce

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and are packed with antioxidants. While you can find tomatoes nearly everywhere year-round, there is nothing quite as delicious as a juicy ripe tomato at the peak of the season. 

Slice and salt for a simple snack. Pile high on top of zoodles with a splash of balsamic and a handful of torn basil. Throw together a brunch to savor with your favorite pastry crust, a smear of roasted garlic, heirloom tomato slices, and a drizzle of high quality olive oil. 

Cauliflower 

Instead of lamenting the trendiness of cauliflower, let’s celebrate it. Cauliflower is not only delicious and versatile, but it offers a myriad of health benefits. It’s high in choline, which helps maintain the integrity of cell membranes. It synthesizes and supports metabolism. It’s high in vitamins, low in calories—what more could we want?

Chop, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast on high heat in the oven for the simplest, most delicious side. Add a cup of frozen riced cauliflower to your favorite smoothie for a power-packed cool down. Slice into “steaks” and grill. 

Swiss Chard 

Packed with antioxidants, tons of vitamin K, and fiber, swiss chard deserves more attention and praise than it receives. Often overlooked in the grocery store, this giant disease-fighting leaf deserves a spot in your cooking rotation. 

Sauté with mushrooms and chopped peppers to add to a tofu scramble. Thinly slice the leaves and add some superpower to your salads. Send full leaves through your juicer along with apple, carrot, and beets. 

Zucchinis

Zucchini is often one of the most abundant vegetables at the farmer’s market, and it’s easy to see why. It makes a delicious and healthy alternative to pasta. It’s high in fiber, heart healthy, and high in potassium.

Spiralize some fresh zoodles to go with your favorite summertime pasta sauce. Send through the food processor to make a sunny zucchini lemon bread. Slice half-moons and skewer to make the most of grilling season. 

Peaches 

Consuming whole fruits lowers blood sugar, and aids in weight loss and detoxification. As a bonus, peaches contain lutein to support your eyes, vitamin C to boost your immune system, and are a surprisingly good source of fiber. 

Halve and toss on the grill, then drizzle with honey for a juicy summertime dessert. Chop and mix with halved cherry tomatoes, thin slices of red onion, mint, and a splash of red wine vinegar. Toss a big bowl of sliced peaches with sugar and vanilla, pour into a baking dish and top with an oatmeal crumble for a weekend breakfast. 

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