Bathing suit? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Good book? Check. Summer veggies? You bet. Don’t forget to include them in your summer plans.
Pack your plate with peak seasonal produce this summer, even if some varieties may be lacking in important nutrients.
“Common summer vegetables like zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers don’t contain a lot of the major nutrients like vitamins A and C,” says Lona Sandon, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition and a registered dietitian, “but they’re still nutritionally important.”
These vegetables are good sources of other nutrients, she says, including zinc, potassium, and folic acid. They’re also high in water and fiber, and low in fat. “That makes them good for helping you lose weight because they’re filling you up without adding a lot of calories,” Ms. Sandon says.
Learn more about UT Southwestern’s nutrition services.