Friday, June 21, 2013

Nutrition Beets - Summer Eating

It's the first day of summer!! Can't believe I made it the whole way through my first Wisconsin winter alive. Thought I was gonna freeze to death a few times, but now, it's the best time of the year! Bike paths filled with bikers, runners and puppies. Laying by the pool with a spritzer while reading a book for 5 minutes before falling asleep. And most importantly, my allergies calm down :)

In honor of summer, I'm going to run through the best foods that you can buy at a farmer's market. And before you go, make a list! If you don't go prepared, I guarantee you'll forget something. Second, bring reusable bags or else people will judge you (I wouldn't though, just the really hippie green people do). And finally, get cash out. Or, make your boyfriend pay with his cash. The second option is more fun.

One of the reasons I love buying fresh product from the farmers market is that it lasts so long! It's traveled a lot less than produce in the store, so you'll get at least an additional week out of all your products. Besides having things last longer, you'll also have more nutrients available for your body in fresh produce! It hasn't had as much time to break down, leading to tastier and more nutritious food. Finally, you're helping out local farmers! Talk about a win win win!

Here's what's on my list this week!
  • Romaine
  • Kale
  • Sweet Corn
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Baby Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
  • Bell Peppers (green, yellow, red or orange)
And some recipes I plan on making.....

 Grilled Mixed Vegetables
A perfect side dish!
Adapted from my girl Giada De Laurentiis
  • Whatever vegetables you need to use up in your fridge! I love zucchini, asparagus, bell peppers and tomatoes!
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

  • Lightly brush vegetables with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  • Cook 7 to 10 minutes, flipping only once so that you get really great grill marks!
  • While vegetables are cooking, combine 2 tbsp. oil  with balsamic vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs.
  • When vegetables are done, drizzle herb mixture over them and serve warm.


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