August has arrived, and with it delicious produce that’s now in season. The selection of late summer produce is incredibly diverse and delicious, and there are so many creative ways to incorporate it into your diet.
Not only do seasonal fruits and vegetables usually taste better, but they are also usually fresher and higher in nutritional value. In addition, eating seasonal produce allows you to support smaller farmers that are local to where you live. While you benefit yourself by loading up on the season’s most nutritious fruits and vegetables, you can support the health of your community as well.
Wondering what you should be buying at the farmers’ market this month? Here are 9 foods that are in season this August, and some delicious ideas on how you can eat them this summer!
Blackberries are a great source polyphenols, a class of antioxidants known for their cancer-fighting abilities. They also contain flavonols, which are phytochemical compounds that promote heart health. Blend frozen blackberries, blueberries, banana, almond milk, and almond butter together for a refreshing and creamy summer smoothie bowl.
Figs are rich in magnesium, calcium, and potassium, which helps to promote healthy blood pressure levels. Top your overnight oats with walnuts, honey, and fresh figs for a delicious and convenient breakfast.
Eggplant is a rich source of vitamin K, magnesium, and essential B vitamins, such as vitamin B6, thiamin, and niacin. Grill or roast your eggplant halves, and fill them with tabouleh for a delicious vegetarian side or entree for your summer dinner.
Nectarines are high in beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C, which contributes to increased immune function. At your summer BBQ, try grilling your nectarines, which helps bring out the flavor of their natural sugars. Serve them topped with Greek yogurt, mint, and a drizzle of honey.
Zucchini is rich in fiber, vitamin A, and potassium, which promotes heart and kidney function. For a gluten free alternative to pasta, use a spiralizer to turn zucchini into zoodles. Top your zoodles with pesto, cherry tomatoes, and fresh goat cheese for a light and delicious meal.
Cherries have a low glycemic index, which means they will not spike your blood sugar as much as other fruits. They also contain melatonin, which promotes healthy sleep, and antioxidants for skin health. Top whole grain sourdough toast with ricotta, fresh cherries, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction for a delicious and unique summer bruschetta.
Apricots contain catechins, a class of antioxidants that help fight inflammation. They are also great sources of copper, manganese, and vitamin E. Make apricot chia pudding by mixing 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 2 tsp maple syrup, and 1 chopped apricot, and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Top with more sliced apricot before eating.
Fennel helps promote healthy digestion, helps decrease bloating, and is a great source of vitamin C and potassium. Combine shaved fennel with oranges, arugula, and an olive oil vinaigrette for a light, summery salad option.
Heirloom tomatoes are an amazing source of lycopene, an antioxidant that works to eliminate free radicals in the body. They also help to lower LDL cholesterol, and are high in vitamin A. Serve sliced heirloom tomatoes with basil, mozzarella, salt and pepper for a colorful and beautiful Caprese salad.
We hope you enjoy all of the delicious fruits and vegetables August has to offer!
Author: Maggie Harriman