Summer Produce You Need to Try

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One of the reasons I love summer is because all of the fresh produce that is available. I get so excited when I see the prices going down at the grocery store, and when I notice the fruits and veggies tasting better and better. There’s nothing quite like biting into a juicy, sweet strawberry or enjoying a fresh salad topped with bunch of ripe tomatoes and avocado. Over the years, my love for fruits and vegetables has grown, and I have had a lot of fun trying different types of produce and finding new ways to use them in my recipes. I used to buy everything canned or frozen, but I have finally learned that buying fresh is the way to go. It’s not only better on my wallet,  but my tastebuds thank me too!

This weekend I went to the Dallas Farmers Market (you can read about my last trip here), and I was like a kid in a candy store. There were booths after booths loaded up with vibrant fruits and veggies. Summer produce is so pretty, y’all! I ended up buying a ton of produce, and I can’t wait to use it in my meals this week. 

After my experience at the farmer’s market this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to write a post about my favorite summer produce and share some recipes you can make with them. Some of them are mine, and others are from other bloggers out there! Just click on the picture to find the recipe.
Let me know if you have a recipe that would be perfect for any of these fruits and veggies, and I can add it to the list! 

Summer Produce You Need to Try

Peaches

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If I could pick a favorite fruit, it would be peaches (especially the ones from the farmer’s market this weekend… so juicy and sweet!). I have always loved them, and they scream summer to me! 
Benefits: boosts the immune system, helps digestion, helps prevent stress, good source of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A

Blueberries

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I’m convinced that Isaac could live off of blueberries. He loves snacking on these, and I try to make lots of recipes with them, because I know he likes them so much. They are so juicy and bursting with flavor this summer. 
Benefits: good source of iron, phosphorus, calcium and vitamin K, helps lower blood pressure, aids in digestion and weight loss

Strawberries

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Strawberries are one of my go to fruits year round, but they are so much better when they’re in season during the summer. I love how big and sweet they get, and I eat those suckers every day! 
Benefits: excellent source of vitamin C, antioxidants and manganese, can reduce the risk of a heart attack and stroke, help in digestion and regulate blood pressure

Pineapple

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For years I claimed I hated pineapple, but I think that’s just because I never gave it a chance. About two years ago I finally tried some, and I was shocked at how delicious it was. The pineapple was super sweet, juicy and I’ve been hooked ever since. 
Benefits: support a healthy immune system, aid in digestion, contain anti-inflammatory properties, excellent source of manganese, vitamin C and antioxidants

Squash

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Did you know there are dozens of types of squash? The summer squash varieties are my favorites, because they remind me of the ones I used to eat out of my grandparents’ garden. One of Isaac’s favorite vegetables is the yellow squash, so I try to cook with it often. I’m excited they are in season and oh so delicious this time of year! 
Benefits: a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, fiber and potassium, full of antioxidants, helps regulate blood sugar and has anti cancer benefits

Okra

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I crave okra during the summer! I have always loved this green, flavorful vegetable, and I still remember getting excited when I would find out my mom was making okra and tomatoes for dinner.
Benefits: low in calories and high in fiber, helps manage blood sugar, aids in reducing stress, has anti fatigue benefits and may help lower cholesterol

Kale

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I know kale has been talked about for years now, and you’re probably tired of hearing about it. But y’all… I can’t tell you how much I love it. All you need to do is cut the leaves off the stem and massage them (to break down the fibers and soften it up) and then it’s ready to use in your recipe! 
Benefits: support healthy skin, hair and nails, aids in digestion, reduces the risk of heart disease, lowers the risk of cancer and high blood pressure, excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin C, and so much more! 

Spinach

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I used to hate spinach, but in college I decided to give it another chance… And that’s when I realized I had been missing out on so much! I love using spinach in salads, adding it to smoothies, cooking it with eggs and putting it on sandwiches. It goes so well in so many recipes, and yes- please buy fresh! 
Benefits: excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium and iron, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous benefits, full of antioxidants and promotes healthy bones

Avocado

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These creamy, green veggies are packed with vitamins, minerals and are a great source of healthy fats. Avocados are one of my favorite vegetables to add to salads, sandwiches, tacos and even smoothies! 
Benefits: good source of vitamin K, folate, potassium and vitamin C, loaded with fiber, can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, may help you lose weight

 

What are your favorite summer fruits and veggies? 

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  1. Renee LeBlanc

    July 11th, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I haven’t tried half of these, clearly I’m missing out!

  2. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    You need to!! There’s nothing quite like some fresh fruits and veggies at the peak of ripeness. Yum!

  3. Candy Kage

    July 11th, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Love, love all the fresh fruits and veggies during the summer. What my garden doesn’t produce we always hit up the local farmer markets.

  4. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    So do I! And I am so jealous, Candy. I can’t wait to have a house with a garden in the back. Sounds amazing!

  5. Rachel G

    July 11th, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Oh, yum!! Fresh fruits and veggies are just the best! Peaches are really hard to find (good ones, anyways) in Malaysia, and I miss them a lot!

  6. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Oh I can’t imagine summer without peaches! I hope you find some good ones this summer.

  7. Katie Arnold

    July 11th, 2016 at 8:37 am

    YUM YUM YUM!!!

  8. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    :)

  9. Bri

    July 11th, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Great picks! I love fresh peaches. Whenever I find a place to land I’m really looking forward to finding a nearby farmer’s market.

  10. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks! There are so many farmers markets, I ‘m sure you’ll find a good one near you :)

  11. Brittany @ Grace, Love, Life

    July 11th, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Oh yum! I can’t seem to find good squash anywhere this year.

  12. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I hope you do!! I love summer squash yum!

  13. Kim Munoz

    July 11th, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I am gonna pin this so I don’t ever lose it! I love me some summer squash! We do bountiful baskets and always love them!

  14. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the pin, Kim! What is bountiful baskets? Sounds interesting!

  15. Karin Rambo

    July 11th, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Peaches in the summer are the best!! There’s nothing like a perfectly ripe peach!

  16. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I agree!! I could eat them all day!

  17. Cat Lin

    July 11th, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Wow! What a list! Thank you for putting together a list with all the recipes. Can’t wait to try :)

  18. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks Cat! There are a ton of recipes I want to try too.

  19. Shari @ Savvy Every Day

    July 11th, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    This post is beautiful! I love how you included the nutritional value of each item as well as images showing what it can be made into!

  20. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you Shari! I’m glad you stopped by and enjoyed the post.

  21. Chelsea

    July 11th, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Farmer’s markets are so fun! Love all these fun colors!

  22. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I agree! I love going to the farmers market. It’s so fun!

  23. Darryon

    July 12th, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I always forget about okra and I LOVE it! Making my way to the grocery store after work.

  24. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I love okra too!! It’s one of my favorite veggies, for sure.

  25. kp

    July 12th, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Fresh peaches are SO DELICIOUS!! I have to admit, I’ve never bought a pineapple because I don’t know how to cut it, haha! Fresh ones you buy from the farmers market taste so much better than the ones you buy at the store pre-cut – so I need to learn to cut them. It’s probably easier than I think.

  26. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Oh it’s so easy! I just cut off the top and bottom, then slice off the outside (removing all the pricklies and tough spots. Then cut around the core (tough part in the center of the pineapple) and slice up into bite sized pieces. I’m sure there are plenty of videos on Youtube, and I’m pretty sure Amazon has pineapple corers. Fresh pineapple is SO worth it!

  27. Christine Rosko

    July 12th, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I’m in love with the fruit right now. It’s prime fruit season, at least for my favorites. I have a ton of Kale in the fridge right now and wasn’t feeling inspired. Thanks for sharing those three recipes!

  28. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you found some recipes to try. :)

  29. Fashionable Tigress

    July 12th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I love a good summer squash.. most of these are wonderful. I’m not a big fan of blueberries but everything else gets a thumbs up :)

  30. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you! :)

  31. Susannah

    July 12th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    <3<3<3 I absolutely adore fresh summertime produce!!!

  32. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Me too!! It’s so good, and I love how fresh and flavorful they are during the summer.

  33. Gina Leslie

    July 12th, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    This is so great! I love salads and fruits during the summer time, especially after long, fun & hot summer days!

  34. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks Gina! Glad you stopped by.

  35. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    July 12th, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Give me an avocado and I am goldennnn!!!

  36. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Yes!! Avocados are the best!

  37. Hilary Urban

    July 12th, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Mmmm this looks delicious! We have so much delicious produce growing in our garden right now! It’s beautiful!

  38. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Ahh I’m so jealous of your garden, Hilary! I can’t wait to have my own someday. Until now I’m content with my local farmers market. :)

  39. Jessica Hughes

    July 12th, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Love summer produce! Okra is probably my favorite on this list!

  40. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Awesome! I love okra too. It just screams summer to me!

  41. Ohbeehave

    July 12th, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Yum! I love fresh produce :) I’ve always loved peaches but not been a fan of their furry texture. Recently i Have been grating them into my pancakes and they are delicious (plus I cut some up and heat them up with some maple syrup to pour on top – so delicious!)

  42. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    That is such a good idea!! I’ll have to try that too. I’m not a fan of the skin texture either, but I’ve been peeling the skin off and that makes them SO much better!

  43. Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    July 13th, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Ooh, yummy! These are some of my favorite summer fruits & veggies and I just love how you gave recommended recipes too! Can’t wait to try some of these!

  44. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Awesome! I’m glad you stopped by Joscelyn!

  45. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Wow that sounds amazing! I’ve only eaten blueberries fresh off the bushes… I can’t imagine picking a peach off a tree. That sounds delicious!

  46. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 13th, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Awesome! I hope you enjoy it.

  47. Michelle Lynn

    July 14th, 2016 at 8:30 am

    looks sooo yummy and refreshing!

  48. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I agree!! I love me some fresh produce!

  49. Stacey Eckert

    July 14th, 2016 at 10:49 am

    My favorite summer produce is watermelon! I swear it tastes juicier and sweeter during the summer! Yum!!!

  50. Rebecca @ Happily the Hicks

    July 21st, 2016 at 10:54 am

    YUM. We bought a GINORMOUS watermelon yesterday that I can’t wait to cut open!

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