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It’s Summer and Farmers Market Time Again
Summer is a great time to enjoy the sunshine, cookouts, swimming pools, and an abundance of fresh, tasty produce! A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. According to the Center for Disease Control, people who eat generous amounts of fruits and vegetables “are likely to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases,” including stroke, diabetes, some cancers, heart disease, and high blood pressure (www.cdc.gov).
Substituting high-calorie foods with fruits and vegetables is a great strategy for weight management. Fruits and vegetables are also a wonderful natural source of energy-perfect for a person on the go! Most importantly, to get a healthy variety think about adding many different colored fruits and vegetables to your plate. This is not only appealing to the eyes, but eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, potassium, and vitamins.
During the summer season, some of the best produce at really great prices can be found at local Farmers Markets. We have a great one in Oak Park. If you haven’t gone GO! If you don’t live close to Oak Park and don’t know where one is? Not a problem! The Department of Agriculture offers an amazing online tool that allows people to find Farmers Markets close to home. Just visit the USDA Farmers Market Search Tool and you’ll be making fresh, healthy meals in no time!
Contact Dr. Linda at 773-385-9432 for more tips on healthy snacking.
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