Eat Seasonally! 5 Fruits and Vegetables That Should be in Your Grocery Cart

Peaches are a low-calorie fruit (about 70 calories) with 3 grams of fiber. They are a good source of Vitamins A and C. Fiber from the skin helps you feel full and provides your digestive system with the nutrients it needs to stay regular.

Berries are rich in antioxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals (depending on color and type). These little powerhouses are versatile to work into all meals and snacks. Sprinkle them in oatmeal, toss into smoothies or salads, or make fruit based desserts! 

Watermelon contains large amounts of water which can help with hydration on hot summer days. In addition to the hydrating powers of watermelon, it contains Vitamins A, B6, and C. Like the tomato, watermelon also contains lycopene – good for heart health and decreasing cancer risk.

Bell Peppers are delicious raw or cooked - all bell peppers have unique nutrition qualities depending on the variety. Rich in Vitamins A, C, potassium, and fiber they can be used as a raw crunchy snack, sautéed into an omelet or stir fry, or grilled on the barbecue!

Cucumbers (like watermelon) are over 90% water helping your body (and skin) stay hydrated. Loaded with vitamin c and potassium, your heart and immune system will thank you. Cucumber water has been a popular and refreshing staple of summertime and a great addition to any summer regimen.

Looking for more summer produce? Check out the Chicagoland farmer’s markets in your area today!

Christine Steinmetz