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Explore summertime produce


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By The Edith Sanford team

July 23, 2014

Summertime vegetablesSummer is synonymous with fresh produce. From backyard gardens to huge orchards, fruits and veggies of all stripes are ready to be enjoyed.

Now’s the time to bulk up your arsenal of good-for-you recipes that help you reduce your breast cancer risk. Below are a few summer favorites to explore.

Peaches

You most likely think of peaches as the fillings for fatty pies and cobblers. The good news is that there are many more options available to help you re-discover this summer favorite.

Instead of making a pie, grill your peaches and serve them with some fresh, low-fat ricotta cheese. You’ll love the way this dish satisfies your dessert tooth without overloading you with sugar. If you’re in the mood for something sweet and spicy, try your hand at a peach salsa.

Zucchini

Zucchini is a great vehicle for other flavors while packing a nutritional punch of fiber and vitamin C. Shredded zucchini is also a fantastic way to add moisture to baked goods.

Basil

You’re probably thinking the only options for basil are pasta-related. Wrong! There are a multitude of ways to utilize this summer herb while benefiting from its high levels of vitamin A and antioxidants.

In a total 180 away from spaghetti sauce or pesto, explore the flavor of basil in a homemade sorbet. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could try substituting basil of traditional greens in your next salad.

By expanding your horizons just a little bit, you could discover your new favorite flavor!

Tomatoes

If your use of fresh summer tomatoes is limited to BLTs and burgers, you are missing out on veritable treasure trove of ways to enjoy these backyard garden favorites. Break away from tomatoes-as-sandwich-topping with an inventive salad option, and you’ll have an appetizer or lunch that’s delicious and packed with fiber, folates and vitamins A and C.

As you can see, your imagination is the limit when it comes to savoring summer’s produce in fresh new ways, so hit the farmer’s market or your grocery store and start exploring!

For recipe inspiration using these ingredients, check out our Pinterest board!

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