It's here! Summer produce is both ripening and sweetening and it just feels right to do a deep dive into some of the benefits of our favorite summer fruits, in particular. Here's a snapshot of what we have in our kitchen at the moment. On any given day, we're adding melon, blueberries, plums, and nectarines to the mix too. (Not to leave vegetables out or anything, but they'll have to just get their very own post once tomatoes come onto the scene). So here goes!
High in vitamin C (very high, in fact) and fiber and especially sweet this time of year, chow down if you feel a summertime cold coming on. My favorite way to eat them is in smoothies with banana and peanut butter (yup)!
Also a decent source of vitamin C and fiber, peaches pack a punch in the potassium category too. We need potassium to keep our muscles healthy, so peaches would be a good choice as an after-workout snack (paired with protein, of course). I love a juicy peach and blueberry cobbler myself.
Turn to these little babies when you need a boost for your skin because they are high in Vitamin A. Apricots provide a nostalgic flavor to me since I grew up with a flourishing tree in my backyard. I love chopping ripe apricots up into oatmeal with a little cinnamon or nutmeg in the mornings.
These sweet bursts of flavor keep up with berries and stone fruits on all fronts: in Vitamins A, C, potassium, and fiber levels. Additionally, some say cherries can help with insomnia, as they can increase melatonin production (specifically in the form of tart cherry juice). My favorite way to eat 'em, though? Straight outta the bowl.