Taking care of our health and diet have never been more important.
A healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils, and whole grains is key to giving your body the nutrients it needs and establishing a good state of overall wellbeing.
People of all ages – including those in an assisted living community – have been becoming more conscious of a better diet and enjoying the results. But just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it’s not delicious, especially when so many fruits are in-season during the summer. Here are three important reasons why eating more fruit this time of year is a good idea.
It’s always better in-season
Currently in Illinois, many fresh fruits are in prime season. Fruits such as cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, and tomatoes are at their peak freshness and abundance. This means they haven’t been processed or preserved. Local grocers and farmers markets have items like these literally overflowing. Not only is this the best time to eat these fruits because of their freshness, but they taste their best too!
Packed with nutrients
Fresh fruit is chock full of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other minerals that are essential to our everyday health. When you eat them during their peak season, these nutrients are also at their highest levels, so you’re getting the maximum benefits.
Versatile and great for cooking
While eating fresh fruit raw is perfectly fine, this is also an ideal time to use them to make smoothies, desserts, put them in a salad, a cocktail, or even cooking with them as a side dish. Look online or in your local bookstore for recipes and cookbooks and enjoy the many different ways to eat fresh fruit during the summer!
While eating fresh fruit is important any time of year, many types of fruit hold their best flavor and nutrient potency during the summer. For more information on adding fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet and how it may help a loved one in an assisted living community, visit our website or call 815-787-6500.
Heritage Woods of DeKalb
2626 N. Annie Glidden Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115