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Summer Food: 25 Healthy Summer Recipes Featuring In Season Produce

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, leafy greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, leafy greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

Summer–the season of sunshine, thunderstorms, flip flops and backyard BBQs–is one of my favorite seasons.

Yes, it’s hot (especially here in Atlanta!). Yes, it’s humid. But beach vacations, spending extra daylight hours outside with friends and family, and the fact that there’s a plethora of summer produce all make me super happy!

Summer officially starts June 21st and it’s the most abundant time of the year for farmer’s markets and local produce, with fruits and veggies galore.

In addition to the five ingredients highlighted in this guide, other seasonal Summer fruits and veggies include berries of all varieties, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, cherries, summer squash and zucchini, watermelon, pineapple, bell peppers, green beans and more!

There’s nothing like getting fresh fruits and vegetables from your local farmer’s market or CSA to inspire clean, healthy eating.

Read on to discover some recipes that are bound to become some of your favorites this Summer! 

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SEASONAL SUMMER FOOD: BLUEBERRIES

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, fresh greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

Blueberries, a superfood filled with anti-inflammatory properties, are well known to be one of the best sources of antioxidants, which prevent cell damage and can help fight chronic disease. There have been many studies suggesting that eating blueberries could also improve memory and cognition, as well as promote heart health. (source)

Insanely delicious when fresh in the summer, berries also freeze well so fortunately can be enjoyed year-round!

SUMMER RECIPES: BLUEBERRIES

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SEASONAL SUMMER FOOD: LEAFY GREENS

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, fresh greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

Summer greens are diverse and plentiful, making the perfect base for a fresh salad, blended into a green smoothie, or tossed into a veggie stir fry. Leafy greens are veg superstars known to support our cognitive function and play a role in cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention.

There are the familiar leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, arugula, swiss chard, romaine, collards and mustard greens, and the less familiar like watercress, purslane, lamb’s quarters, dandelion and beet greens. Go ahead–branch out and give your palette the gift of trying some new varieties of greens this summer!

SUMMER RECIPES: LEAFY GREENS

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SEASONAL SUMMER FOOD: CORN

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, fresh greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

A staple in human diet’s for centuries, corn has gotten a bad rap these days because of the proliferation of GMO corn and corn-derived ingredients found in a variety of packaged and processed foods like corn oil and high fructose corn syrup.

Yet, fresh summer corn (ideally organic or at least non-GMO) is not only sweet and delicious, but also has some health benefits. It’s rich in Vitamin C, magnesium and carotenoid antioxidants, which support the immune system and defend the eyes and skin against stress.

Bottom line? Don’t be afraid to enjoy an organic CORNucopia this summer!

SUMMER RECIPES: CORN

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SEASONAL SUMMER FOOD: MANGOS

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, fresh greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

Did you know that mangos are the most widely consumed fruit in the world? Abundant in tropical locales and in population dense areas like India and southeast Asia, mangos are not just popular but are also nutritional powerhouses.

Loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, magnesium and potassium, consuming mangos is a natural way to lower blood pressure, as well as blood sugar in obese adults. (source) Mangos are also beneficial for maintaining brain health due to their high Vitamin B6 content.

SUMMER RECIPES: MANGO RECIPES

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SEASONAL SUMMER FOOD: PEACHES

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, fresh greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

Being from Georgia, this post would not be complete without giving some major kudos to the renowned Georgian fruit: peaches!

Super high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, peaches (as well as other stone fruits like apricots and plums) can be used in the treatment of metabolic syndromes including diabetes, hight cholesterol, inflammation and weight gain.

They’ve also been shown to be some of the best cancer-fighting foods due to their polyphenols, which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. (source)

SUMMER RECIPES: PEACHES

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What are some of your favorite ways to prepare these summer foods? Let us know in the comments below!

In this Guide to Summer Food, we’re showcasing five of the most popular seasonal ingredients for Summer: blueberries, leafy greens, corn, mango and peaches. You’ll learn about the health benefits of In Season Produce AND we’ve rounded up 25 delicious Summer recipes that will help you beat the heat!

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2 comments on “Summer Food: 25 Healthy Summer Recipes Featuring In Season Produce”

  1. Not gonna lie, I may have drooled a little bit as I scrolled past that green salad. I’m looking forward to taking full advantage of the produce available this summer.

  2. Summer is just the BEST for fresh produce! I get so excited going to Farmers Markets this time of year. Can’t wait to try some of these recipes!