It’s here! Summer is here!
Isn’t the beginning of summer so wonderful? These days are not too hot, not unbearably humid or totally crawling with bugs. (We like nature and all, but who really likes those creeping or flying insects all over the place?)
Weather that brings our very favorite fruits and vegetables makes this season even better! What will you find us eating more of during the summer months? Organic, natural produce!
We eat fruits and veggies that are in season, usually organic and with seeds because that is their natural state! Here are some of our favorite ways to eat real, deliciously fresh produce:
Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint
Fruit salads are nice way to make fruit a little special. Watermelon especially is great during the summer. It is literally brimming with water which is fabulous for keeping us hydrated during these hot months. It is also an extremely alkaline food.
Cabbage, Beet & Celery Slaw
Sometimes slaws can be really heavy or too bitter for our liking. But slaw filled with veggies you love and a dressing you love even more will give a nutritious boost! Also, slaws help for eating produce that you sometimes don’t normally eat! (For us, it’s beets!)
Sometimes we forget about the incredible health benefits of raw herbs like basil or mint. And let’s not forget about raw garlic! These foods in their raw state are amazingly healthy and better yet - have incredible flavor!
Green Lemon Crepes
We love stuffing crepes with fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast or dessert. Added spinach and lemon or other fruits to crepe batter is another fun way to eat more produce!
Raspberry Green Drink with Mint
It might be impossible to talk up green drinks enough. Dark leafy greens, cucumbers and broccoli have amazing powers in their raw state. Blended up in a smoothie is one of the best ways to get these into any diet.
Raw Green Salads
Green Blood Orange Salad
Fresh fruits combined with dark leafy greens is a delicious way to eat raw! The options are limitless and there are always ways to hide extra veggies in there with enough fresh fruit!
In general, we are trying to eat more raw fruits and vegetables. As we make more of an effort doing this, we thought of something that we really wanted to share: It is important to properly wash your produce!
This is the time when we are all shopping at our local markets, farmers markets or harvesting produce from our gardens. When we buy produce, we always try to buy organic. We want the produce we eat in it’s most natural state. However, this gives all kinds of opportunities for bugs and rodents to get into your fruits or vegetables. Dirt is very common in root vegetables and other plants. Dirt can carry bacteria, lead, germs, etc… all of which are not good for us! Annie has opened up her organic bok choy on many occasions to find big dead spiders or wormy slugs hidden in the leaves. And who knows what larger animals have touched or picked away at it!
Many veggies, organic or not are sometimes rinsed or soaked in unhealthy chemicals. And dirt can find it’s way to any plant! Further more, how many times have we heard of products being recalled?
Holly told us a story about throwing in some bagged triple washed spinach into her blender for a smoothie. She added the spinach along with some frozen berries and blended it up. When she was halfway done drinking her smoothie, she found a big hard and jagged (half cut up from the blender) piece of plastic in her glass! Her only conclusion (because she had only added a few frozen berries and water) was that the plastic came from her spinach. So even produce that claims to be clean (triple washed) could have foreign objects tucked away in it’s packaging.
What do we wash our fruits and vegetables with?
We love washing or soaking produce in either a natural vegetable wash or white distilled vinegar. We then rinse everything off with clean water. Be sure whatever you use, the product is natural!
Taking precautions to wash produce well will help keep you and your family safe and healthy! We wish you all happy and healthy summers!