6 Nutritious Fruits and Vegetables to Try This Summer

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Are you getting your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Just five servings a day of these nutrient-rich foods can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and other conditions.

As spring turns to summer, it’s a perfect time to get healthy. Fruits and vegetables picked during peak season have had plenty of time to mature and develop rich nutrients. The produce that’s in season now is ripe for the picking, including these six delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Arugula

This leafy green contains carotenoids that help boost eye health. It also has vitamins C and E, which can boost immunity and protect against inflammation. Sauté it and serve with chicken, steak or tofu.

Blackberries

Thanks to a heaping helping of antioxidants, these may help prevent heart disease, strokes and cancer. They contain plenty of fiber, as well as vitamins A, C and K. Eat them with yogurt or cereal, or bake a low-fat fruit crisp, pie or cobbler.

Edamame

These little soybeans offer up a complete protein. They’re also full of vitamins C and K, as well as fiber, iron, and magnesium. For a quick and easy snack, boil them and serve them with a dash of salt. You can also add them to salads, stir-fries or sautés.

Grapefruit

With plenty of vitamins A, C and fiber, grapefruit can help boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. Enjoy them on their own, with your breakfast cereal or on top of your favorite salad for a fun, citrusy twist.

Nectarines

A fuzz-free variety of a peach, nectarines contain plenty of vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Add a few slices to cereal, pancakes, salads or vegetable stews.

Summer Squash

Summer squash — which includes zucchini as well as yellow squash and scaloppini — is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Cut it up and use in salads, tacos, curries or pasta dishes.

Want more information? Call MissionPoint Health Partners at 855-288-6747 or email us at members@missionpointhealth.org to learn how a Health Partner can work with you to improve your health.