What are your favorite treats during the summer? There are so many to choose from, it’s hard to narrow them down. Keep a generous supply of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand during the summer to help prevent dehydration. Today, we would like to tell you about the benefits of each of these nutrient-packed summer foods.
From May through October, keep your eye out for these deep blue spheres, which are loaded with fiber, Vitamin C and antioxidants that fight inflammation.
Red Bell Peppers
Available May through September, these sweet, crispy treats are packed full of beta carotene and Vitamin C, with many benefits such as boosting the immune system.
From late June through September, you’ll find vine-ripened tomatoes at their peak. Another antioxidant-rich food with numerous benefits, especially for the heart.
Nearly synonymous with summertime, watermelon is usually sold fresh from May through August but can be found as late as November. In addition to perhaps being the very juiciest fruit, watermelon, like tomatoes, is a source of lycopene, an antioxidant, as well as Vitamins A and C.
A staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures, these fiber-rich fruits are an excellent source of calcium and potassium, which helps control blood pressure. They are available fresh from June through September.
A favorite in every household, strawberries can be found fresh from April through August, providing an excellent source of Vitamin C.
The flavonoids that give cherries their deep red color also help regulate immune responses and combat inflammation. Available fresh from May through August.
The Admiral at the Lake
These foods are all familiar to us at The Admiral at the Lake. Whether we catch a bite at Café Bistro or dine at The Waterfront, we always have plenty of fresh, seasonal, healthy options. See our events calendar for local farmer’s markets and see a sample of our menu here.
Nutritious, quality foods are just part of our healthy, well-balanced lifestyle at The Admiral at the Lake. We enjoy the wide array of engagement and learning options at this continuing care community. If you would like to know more about senior living options at The Admiral at the Lake, give us a call at 773.433.1801 or click here.