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Summer 2014

Eating Right for the Season

By: Tyler Scheff
Date: June 2, 2014

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How often do you find yourself look­ing at the nutritional data on the label of your store-bought food? You won’t have to worry about whether or not you are making healthy food choices if you eat with the season!

Every season has a different set of fresh produce that is at its peak. For example, summer is great for berries and tomatoes, while winter is great for squash and kale. A good way to find out what foods are in season is seeing what is on display at your local farmers market. Farms can only grow what is in season, so anything you find there will be fresh.

Dietitian Arielle Belove, RD, recommends eating whole foods that are fresh and in season. “You should try to stay away from highly processed foods, and check the food label and ingredients listed,” she says. “Also, the darker and more colorful the produce is, the more nutrients and antioxidants you will get.” Eating with the season also can be good for your wallet, as produce tends to cost less when it is in high supply.

During the winter, it can be harder to get fresh fruits and vegetables, so a great substitute is frozen produce. The fruits and vegetables are picked at their prime, then frozen, so their nutritional value and flavor remain intact.

To schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian at Johns Hopkins Bayview, call 410-550-7728.

Stay Healthy this Summer

  • If you’re craving sugar, grab fruit first rather than candy.
  • Watch your portion size.
  • Understand how to read a food label.
  • Watch how often you snack.

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