Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What's in Season - Summer easy eating

What’s in Season – August

 August is best known for bringing us a rainbow of fruit and vegetables that includes bell peppers, peas, radishes, summer squash,  blackberries, cantaloupe,  grapes, honeydew, kiwi, plums and raspberries.

Bell peppers 
Bell peppers are fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, high in vitamin c, and are a good source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which comes in red, orange, yellow and green.
Green garden peas are a valuable source of protein, iron and fiber. Sugar snap peas and snow peas are an excellent source of iron and vitamin C.
Radishes are low in calories and are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, folate and fiber. They are also fat free, cholesterol free and low in sodium.
Summer squash  
Zucchini and yellow squash are good sources of beta-carotene. They are also a good source of vitamin C and B6 and fiber, are low in calories and are fat, cholesterol and sodium free.
A tasty way to add fiber and vitamin C to your diet, blackberries are low fat, cholesterol and sodium free and are a great source of vitamin C and fiber.
The cantaloupe is 95 percent water and is low in calories. Cantaloupes contain some iron, calcium, fiber and protein.provides 80% of the recommended daily allowance for both vitamins A and C
Grapes are a good source of fiber, are sodium, fat and cholesterol free and are high in vitamin C and potassium. Research has also shown that all colors of grapes are sources of antioxidants. 
These delicious green melons are low in calories and sodium, are fat and cholesterol free and a good source of vitamins A and C and potassium.

Kiwis contain more vitamin C than 2 oranges, more potassium than a banana, more vitamin E than an avocado, more fiber than an apple and they are a good source of folate. They also contain copper and magnesium, two minerals that are tough to get in your diet. 

Plums are fat, sodium and cholesterol free and are a good source of vitamin C. Plums and prunes are loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins that help keep eyes, skin and organs healthy.
Raspberries may be red, black, yellow, or purple. All raspberries contain fiber, folate, and vitamin K. They are also full of  antioxidants .

Yours in health!
Dr. Velonda