It’s summertime — the produce is fresh and the farmers markets are in full swing! When produce is picked at its peak ripeness, it’s chock full of nutrients and antioxidants. With so much fresh produce at the ready, there’s no excuse for skipping fruits and veggies when you’re planning meals. Use this menu as inspiration to incorporate fresh produce into your summertime dinners, no matter your eating style!
Why it made the cut: Romaine lettuce used as a wrap gives such a great crunch and it adds more veggies (and vitamins) to this meal. Not only that, but with the peppers, avocado and salsa, this dish has 205% of your daily vitamin C needs and 108% of your daily vitamin A needs. If you add in the sour cream or Greek yogurt, you’ll get a little calcium, too.
Why it made the cut: This salad is packed with antioxidants from strawberries and tomatoes. In addition, feta cheese has more calcium than any other cheese, along with a dose of gut-healthy bacteria. The basil and red wine vinegar add a flavorful punch without adding a lot of extra calories.
Why it made the cut: This gazpacho recipe replaces the traditional bread with silken tofu to add creaminess and protein. It also has cucumbers, which are loaded with nutrients. They contain 61% of your daily requirement of vitamin K (an important nutrient for bone health). Cold and refreshing, gazpacho is a great way to stay hydrated and nourished in the summertime.
Why it made the cut: This dish is full of fiber and protein. Lima beans are a low-glycemic food. Plus, they’re full of soluble and insoluble fiber. Because of this, they help to control blood sugar and improve gut health. Shrimp is a great source of iodine with more than 20 other vitamins and minerals. Not only that, it’s a great source of omega-3 and 6.
Why it made the cut: Grilled peaches are a flavorful way to satisfy your sweet tooth on the Paleo diet. Not only that, peaches provide both soluble and insoluble fiber for gut health. Add a half bunch of folate-rich grilled asparagus to round out this meal.