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Improve Your Health While Enjoying the Season's Colorful Produce

colorful fruits and vegetablesSummer is a great time to enjoy everything the season has to offer, including an abundance of fresh, tasty produce at its peak!

As part of a nutritious, seasonal dinner, try cutting up and grilling fresh peppers, sweet onions, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, and more. For dessert, follow up with a fresh fruit salad of melon, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, cherries, and other fruits. The vibrant colors will liven up your meal, and the appealing flavors and aromas will tantalize your taste buds!


Why Fruits and Vegetables?

colorful fruits and vegetables

Find out how many fruits and vegetables you need each day, visit Fruits and Veggies Matter.gov.

Color Your Plate!

A plate that includes colorful vegetables is not just appealing to the eye. A wide variety of produce also provides your body with a number of health promoting benefits, such as vitamins, minerals and fiber. It's important to eat a wide variety of colorful vegetables and fruits every day.

The following table gives examples of some of the seasonal vegetables and fruits you are likely to find in local markets during the summer months.

Fresh, in-season vegetables include: Fresh, in-season fruits include:
Green beans
Tomatoes
Radishes
Zucchini
Peppers
Corn
Cucumbers
Spinach
Sweet potatoes
Onions
Potatoes
Eggplant
Garlic
Okra
Squash
Black-eyed peas
Lettuce
Rhubarb
Blueberries
Strawberries
Cherries
Melons
Nectarines
Peaches
Pears
Plums
Pineapple
Red grapes
Raspberries
Valencia oranges
Apples
Watermelon
Papaya
Kiwi
Mango
Figs

For suggestions on ways to prepare many vegetables and fruits, visit FruitsandVeggiesMatter.gov.

Go ahead; enjoy summer meals by including delicious produce at every opportunity! You can start healthy eating habits to follow year-round!


Related Resources

FruitsandVeggiesMatter.gov
Find tips, recipes, and more! To help you eat more fruits and vegetables each day.
 

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage your Weight
This is also available as a print-friendly Adobe Acrobat documentPDF file (PDF-706k)

MyPyramid
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
food pyramid

Nutrition.gov

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Page last reviewed: June 20, 2008
Page last updated: June 20, 2008
Content Source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion