Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt! Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.
If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn. Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING. I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery! Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.
When figs are in season, roast them up and make roasted figs, blue cheese, and walnut spread to wow your guests, or just treat yourself.
Can you believe before last week I had never, ever tasted a fig? Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve had fig newtons, and that fig jam that comes in a jar and you get at the fancy cheese counter. But I honestly couldn’t say what a fresh fig looked like until the other day. And now I have a bowl full. Hooray for tasting new foods!
I had a thought the other day – whoever decided that Nutrition should be a career, must have made that decision in July. I think it went something like this… “Wow, these fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere, and they’re so sweet, colorful and dee-licious! I think I need to teach people about why they’re so good for you, and how eating them every day can keep you healthy and happy!” You know that mind-conversation couldn’t possibly have happened in January or March, right? But July was MADE for healthy eating, and it is indeed a registered dietitian’s favorite month!
It’s pretty easy to predict what a nutritionist will blog about next. Just look around when you’re at the grocery store. Which foods greet you as you walk in the door? This week it’s peaches! Finally. I’ve been waiting so long. Every week for the past month, I look at them. And give a gentle squeeze. Still rock hard, which means not sweet enough, even if they ever do ripen up. But all of a sudden, this week, they’re ready! Just soft enough, beautiful color, fragrant, and best of all – cheap! Continue Reading..