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RX: The Famers Market

 

Camping , beach trips , hiking and lounging by the pool is what summer is all about. No time to get sick and miss the fun. All you need to stay healthy this summer can be found at your local farmers market.

Food from the farmer’s market in is not only fresh and delicious but so many of the summer fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants which can help ward off illness and maintain the energy you need. While it is normal to get sick once or twice a year, if you are experiencing digestive problems, fatigue, aching muscles and joints or food intolerances you may need to boost your immune system. Here are some summer foods you can find in abundance this time of year.

BERRIES: No surprise here. Packed with Vitamin C, an average serving of strawberries gives twice the recommended daily intake of this vitamin. One serving of Blueberries provides as many anti oxidants as 5 servings of broccoli (and it is easier to get you kids to eat them).

CORN: Yes, corn contains vitamin C and is an excellent fiber source that helps lower cholesterol. The most nutritious way to eat corn is right off the cob. Try it grilled with a little olive oil.  You can even cook it now and freeze it for later for a little hit of summer in say, November.

GREEN BEANS: Not only are they low in fat and high in fiber, they are a great source of B vitamins that give your body energy and protect it from the wear and tear of stress.

TOMATOES: There are over 7,000 varieties of tomatoes and they are all nutrient rich. They are chocked with vitamin C. Tomatoes are also a great source of lycopene, a cancer preventing carotenoid that is enhanced when the tomatoes are cooked.

ONION: A very good source of quercetin, an anti inflammatory, anti biotic and anti viral which has been shown to block to formation of cancer cells. Cooking does not destroy the amazing health benefits of this vegetable and may actually aid in the digestion for those who have trouble eating them raw.

My favorite way to eat many of the fresh summer foods found at the farmers markets are either raw or grilled . The most important thing is that you eat them. So grab your reusable shopping bag and hit one of the many markets in town for your daily does of vitamin C.

 

Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi on August 2nd, 2011

 

Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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