Here Comes the Sun
By Chloe Schweinshaut
Dietetic Intern at BIDMC
The nicer weather is finally upon us and with that means more daylight and warmer temperatures, making it a great time to get outdoors!
Better weather also means more choices for fresh fruits and vegetables. Stop by your local farmer’s market or head to the grocery store — you will likely notice that not only are there more produce options available, but they may even be less expensive than other times of the year.
You know you’ve made good produce picks when your basket is filled with a burst of color. Eating fruits and veggies in every shade of the rainbow means your body is getting a ton of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which help keep you healthy and prevent some types of cell damage.
The warm seasons are a great time stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables that not only taste great, but are loaded with fiber to help keep you feeling fuller, longer. And don’t be afraid to get creative with your produce! Mix things up by baking or grilling items — check out these great recipes.
A farmer’s market is also a place where you can branch out and try new and different fruits and veggies that you might not be able to find in the grocery store. Market vendors can usually offer suggestions on how to cook with their produce, too.
If fresh produce isn’t always an option for you, remember that frozen produce works just as well. Often less expensive than fresh items, frozen produce is picked when it is fresh and retains most of its nutritional value during the freezing process.
But where ever you’re shopping for food, be sure to choose wisely and go for variety, always with the aim of having well-balanced meals.
Above content provided by the Weight Loss Surgery Center Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.