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Posted 7/18/2017

The Healthiest Fresh Fruits In Season Now

The Healthiest Fresh Fruits In Season Now

We're all about fresh here at Costa Vida. If you want to start incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, summer is the perfect time to start. Not only are they healthy, but buying fruits and veg in season when they’re readily available is also more affordable.

Whether you pick them, grow them, or buy them, here are some of the healthiest fruits of the summer:

Berries

Now is the time to stock up on strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Berries are jam packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and heart-healthy antioxidants and flavonoids like anthocyanin. Numerous studies have shown to help improve cardiovascular health; in one study, subjects who ate two servings of berries a day lowered their cholesterol levels after just 8 weeks. At less than 100 calories per serving, they’re also the perfect snack.

Look for berries that are firm and fragrant (berries that are too mushy tend to be overripe) and skip strawberries that have too much green and white on the top, which indicated they’re unripe.

Mangoes
Did you know mangoes are the most widely consumed fruit in the world? Not surprising, considering how delicious and healthy they are. One cup of mango has 100 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system. It's also an excellent source of vitamin A, which is great for healthy skin

Be sure to order Costa Vida's Mango Salsa on your next visit to help you experience the benefits of this amazing fruit! 

Kiwis
This furry little green fruit, which is in its peak season June-August, is a rich source of vitamin C. In fact, just one kiwi has 20% more vitamin C than an orange. Kiwi can be mixed into smoothies, yogurt, and cereal or just eaten plain.

Kiwis that give slightly and have a fragrant, sweet smell are your best bet. Steer clear of those that are wrinkled, bruised, or smell sour.

Peaches
Is there anything better than a juicy peach in the summer? Peaches contain a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, and Vitamin A. (Tip: The darker the peach’s skin, the more Vitamin A it contains!)

If you’re craving peaches and want to eat them now, look for ones that have tight skin and give slightly with pressure. Peaches that aren’t quite ready can be stored in a paper bag to speed ripening.

Tomatoes
Next time you're at Costa Vida, make sure you add some fresh pico de gallo or salsa to your order! With a peak growing season of May - September, summer is a great time to take advantage of tomatoes. They contain all four of the major carotenoids: alpha carotene, beta carotein, lutein, and lycopene. Tomatoes are particularly well-known for their lycopene content, which has been linked to cardiovascular health and improved bone health

Fresh tomatoes are great in salads, homemade salsa, and sauces.

Cucumbers
The perfect late-summer snack, cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K. And with a water content of nearly 97 percent, they’re the perfect snack to keep you hydrated on a hot summer day.

Cucumbers are delicious by themselves, dipped in hummus or yogurt, or in salads. Try slicing cucumbers in your iced water for a refreshing, subtle flavor.

These are some of the healthiest fruits in season now, and with summer in full-swing, now's the time to get 'em before they're gone! 

 

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