Summer Foods To Start Eating Now – #WellbeingWednesday By Rachel Schwartzman, ND

I just love this time of year, such plentiful local produce. It’s so easy to eat 6-8 servings of fruits and veggies daily. So, for today’s Wellbeing Wednesday I thought I would share with you some wonderful, local and healthy foods to incorporate into your diet.

Cherries: I love these little fruit sensations. They are one of our fruits lowest in the glycemic
index, making them a perfect snack for balancing blood sugar levels. They are also a pigment rich fruit, due to their anthocyanins, making them an antioxidant powerhouse as well as a great anti-inflammatory, especially for those suffering from gout. Lastly, they contain melatonin, which helps to calm the nervous system and promote a restful sleep.

insalata mista pomodori e cetrioli con chicchi di melograno in ciotola di legno sfondo grigio

Anything Green! Mixed greens, kale, chard, romaine, there are so many nutrient dense plants to choose from. They are high in; calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamins D and K. Feel free to add these greens to salads, sandwiches, stir fries, pasta and even smoothies. Your body will thank you.

Strawberries: Over the top high in vitamin C, these tender delights are loved by most people, big and small. Head on out to a local strawberry patch and pick your own. They are wonderful to freeze and enjoy for several months to follow, if they last that long.

Fresh berries strawberry and raspberry with bunch of mint in old wooden sectioned box over dark textured background. Top view. With copy space

Raspberries: These little sensations are amazing for your liver bu supporting the phase 1 and 2 detox process. They are high in potent antioxidants such as Vitamin C and quercetin, and are high in ellagic acid, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

This small list of produce, really goes to show that food is in fact medicine. There is no better way to support good health then with good food. I hope you get to enjoy some of these food sensations, so head on out to a local farmers market to give them a try and be healthy.

Rachel_Schwartzman_HSRACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies.


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