Are you always reaching for the same few ingredients at the grocery store? What’s on your healthy grocery list? Boxed salad, broccoli, apples…and out the door you go? It’s always a good idea to have your favorites on hand. But summer is no time to stick strictly to a routine—because there is such an array of fun and fresh produce available right now. Plus, the more fruit-and-veggie variety you eat, the more nutrients you’ll consume.
So what should you pick up at the grocery store or farmer’s market? Celebrate the new season with our 4 summer-ready staples…
Healthy Grocery List & Top-Rated Recipes
- Arugula: This bitter green is part of the cruciferous vegetable family and contains an abundance of health benefits. Add it to your plate for a dose of vitamins A and K, and to reduce inflammation and digestive stagnation. Health benefits aside, arugula’s pungent kick makes it the perfect pairing for red meat dishes and other heavier proteins, as it cuts the down the acidity. Enjoy as a simple, raw salad or blend it with pistachios for a twist on classic pesto.
Recipe: Download our cookbook and try our Steak Florentine with Spicy Arugula Salad.
- Beets: Beets are glorious this time of year. And as their rich ruby color suggests, beets are known to support blood health. They’re also a good source of vitamins C and B-complex. Cook up a few at once and add them to salads and grain dishes throughout the week.
Recipe: Try Giada’s Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad as a side or complete meal.
- Radishes: Another pungent veggie with a slight kick, radishes are antibacterial and antifungal. They can even aid in digestion. Think radishes are just for salads? Think again! Grilled radishes are a great idea. Once grilled you can enjoy as is, on salads or tossed with butter. Serve with your summer BBQ for a fun twist.
Recipe: Give grilled radishes a shot with this Garlic and Herb Butter Grilled Radish recipe.
- Peas: Simple, green peas are extra crisp and delicious in summer. Sure, you can buy them frozen but they’re a real treat if you can find them fresh. They might be small but they’re big on health benefits. Containing vitamins C and B-complex as well as calcium and potassium, these mighty legumes are a must.
Recipe: Prepare this gorgeous Fusilli with Scampi, Cranberry Beans and Peas dish for a show-stopping presentation.
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Resource: The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia by Rebecca Wood.