A Summer Tip With a Winter Benefit

As we head into the best months of summer, we have the glorious opportunity to ditch winter hats and gloves and don shorts and sandals instead. The days are longer, there is plenty of sunlight and thoughts of hot soup and flannel pajamas don't even enter into our brains.

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As we head into the best months of summer, we have the glorious opportunity to ditch winter hats and gloves and don shorts and sandals instead. The days are longer, there is plenty of sunlight and thoughts of hot soup and flannel pajamas don't even enter into our brains.

Perhaps the best part of summer, however, is the abundance of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables that we have access to. Not only are they cheaper, but they taste better and are better for you as well. That's because fruits and vegetables that do not have to travel thousands of miles to reach us (as many do in the winter months) retain more nutrients. I always say that in the winter, blueberries, for example, are best when bought frozen as they are frozen at peak ripeness.

But what if you could forgo the grocery store this winter and simply open your freezer door instead? You can by simply picking and freezing fresh fruits and vegetables today! Prepare and store your fresh fruit and vegetables today so that tomorrow, you can enjoy and still eat local! Click for more preparation information on fruits and vegetables.

Do not add sugar before freezing. Remember, the best part about fruits and vegetables is the vast benefits we get from them. Why settle for anything less than the best that they have to offer?

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...