Diet and Nutrition
As we transition from summer to fall so does our seasonal produce. During the summer we get to enjoy zucchini and yellow squash. Now that fall has arrived, we can enjoy butternut squash. This wonderful squash can provide us with many nutrients and health benefits. Just to name a few, butternut squash is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamins A, C and B6.
Okra is a vegetable that is grown during the warmer seasons. Also known as "ladies’ fingers", okra provides a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. When consumed in a healthy diet, okra can promote heart health and strong bones. It may also help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Tomatoes are the second most eaten vegetable in the United States and the American Institute for Cancer Research identifies them as an excellent source of vitamins C and A. There are many great ways to cook with tomatoes, especially during the summer months. Check out these delicious and easy to prepare tomato recipes!
This month's recipes feature a dish loaded with summer vegetables, many of which are grown locally here in Virginia, and a sweet treat full of fresh fruits. Whether you need an idea for a quick, healthy dinner or a fun, wholesome snack to cool down with, these recipes are sure to help you welcome the summer months.
Carrots and turnips are currently in season. Both vegetables can play an important role in a healthy diet. A plant-based diet including these vegetables may lower not only certain cancer risks but risk for other chronic diseases as well. So why not add more carrots and turnips into your diet?