By Team Reboot
Locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables are the way to go when it comes to finding and purchasing fruits and vegetables. And in the summertime, that’s easy, since there are so many delicious options available.
Find out more about the perks of eating seasonally, along with 10 favorite fruits and vegetables to put in your shopping basket this summer.
Why buy local and seasonal?
Firstly, locally grown produce tends to be grown at smaller farms that use fewer pesticides; secondly, locally grown produce has a shorter distance to travel before it gets into your hands, which means it contains more nutrients. Of course, there’s always the added benefit of helping your local economy too.
When shopping at your local farmers’ market you’ll notice that all (or most) of the produce they’re selling is seasonal, because they’re most often selling produce that was most recently grown and freshly picked.
For us here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re coming into a warmer season which means new and different produce will be available for purchase from local farms. Use our list to help guide you on your next trip to your local market.
1. Beets: Beets are an all-time favorite for juice.
Juicing them pre- or post exercise is a great way to boost your body’s electrolyte stores and promote hydration.
Cucumbers are one of my favorite juice ingredients to have on hand.
Use cucumbers in juice: Since they’re a member of the dirty dozen, which means they tend to have more pesticides on their skin, aim to buy cucumbers locally or wash them well. Try cucumbers in Crispy Cucumber Juice or Not-Too-Sweet Cucumber Melon Juice.
Grapes are an all-time favorite summer snack, and they make for a great addition to juices too. Grapes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors — all of which contain different and healthy nutrients.
Try grapes in juice: To get the most nutritional benefit, it’s important to vary the colors and varieties of grapes you use when making your juices.
Peaches can be a great addition to a delicious and refreshing summer juice.
No peaches available yet? Swap in nectarines, which contain similar nutritional benefits.
Tomatoes are one of my personal favorites to add to juice as they’re not too sweet, but add a lot of volume and along with other fruits and vegetables can make for a spicy, exotic juice.
Try tomatoes in juice: Tomatoes also come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes — be sure to vary the variety you’re using to get utmost nutritional benefit. Some juices to make this summer: Gazpacho Juice, Hot V6 Juice and Spicy Tomato Juice.
Watermelon is another great seasonal fruit to add to your juice, and especially if you spend time being active.
Radishes are a great and refreshing addition to your juice this summer season.
Try radishes in juicer: You may not think at first that radishes make for a good juice element. But you’ll see differently when you have Radish and Pear Juice, Ravishing Radish Juice and Red Radish Juice.
8. Bell peppers
Bell peppers come in many different shapes and sizes, which means they offer a variety of different nutrients and make them a great addition to your juices this summer.
Try peppers in juice: Ring the Bell Peppers Juice
I love the zesty flavor limes add to my juices. I usually prefer to leave the peel on the lime, but you can also peel the skin off the lime for a less-zesty flavor.
Last but definitely not least, strawberries are a great addition to your juice. As with peaches, they’re easier to juice if they’re a little bit less ripe.
Be adventurous with your summer juice combinations. Be sure to try new-to-you fruits and vegetables that you discover at your local farmers market — they all contain great nutritional benefits that your body can use!