Enjoy the healthy foods of summer


Are you looking to increase the high nutrient value foods in your diet? The foods listed below, which are in season and delicious, are great sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!

  • Avocado - A great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and loaded with fiber (it’s technically a fruit)
  • Blueberries – Contain antioxidants and nutrients that promote brain health
  • Cherries – Rich in the antioxidant anthocyanin, which may help to fight inflammation and reduce joint pain
  • Corn – A grain that we usually classify as a starchy vegetable, but, when eaten fresh, is a good source of B vitamins and fiber
  • Melons – Watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are low in calories and high in water content for a filling snack and good source of potassium
  • Peaches – A sweet summer stone fruit that contains fiber, vitamin C and potassium 
  • Summer Squash – Low in carbs and calories, zucchini and yellow squash are great sources of vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin – antioxidants helpful for eyesight and a strong immune system
  • Swiss chard – A dark, leafy green with colorful stems and veins low in calories, rich in phytonutrients, magnesium and potassium.  Enjoy raw or sautéed in olive oil and garlic.


Andrea Collins, MS, RD, CDE

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Andrea Collins, MS, RD, CDE