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Summer means healthy produce!

Summer is coming! Step outside and you can already feel it in the air (and maybe your sweat glands). While we may not love the summer humidity, we love the summer produce! Here in Virginia, there are lots of great, local fruits and vegetables, but at PB&J we have to ask what the healthiest choice is. We went to Ms. Amy Curtis (our resident Registered Dietitian) to give us a break down of the health benefits of some of the fruits and vegetables that grow in the summer. 

Fruits and veggies are packed with nutrients that are great for your body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps your body heal. Vitamin A supports your immune system and helps your eyeballs see! Potassium is an electrolyte that helps with almost all of your body’s functions. And of course there’s fiber, which helps support your digestive system (stomach and intestines) and keeps you feeling full longer.  

But which summer produce is good for which nutrient? Well, Ms. Amy put together some lists for us! She tells us that an excellent source of a nutrient is one that gives you 20% or more of your recommended daily value of that nutrient, while a good source gives you 10-19% of your daily value. 

Excellent Sources of Vitamin C:Good Sources of Vitamin C:
 Tomatoes 
Watermelons 
Cantaloupes 
Raspberries 
Strawberries 
Blackberries 
Blueberries 
Bell Pepper 
Leafy Greens 
Zucchini 
Yellow Squash
Sweet Corn 
Cherries 
Peaches 
Beets 
Green Beans 
Cucumbers 
Excellent Sources of Vitamin AGood Sources of Potassium:
Tomatoes 
Watermelons 
Cantaloupes 
Leafy Greens 
Sweet Corn 
Tomatoes 
Cherries 
Beets 
Sweet Corn 
Excellent Sources of Fiber :Good Sources of Fiber :
Raspberries 
Blackberries 
Blueberries 
Beets 
Green Beans 
Sweet Corn 

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