5 Foods You Should Pack For Your Summer Picnic

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Bring out your picnic baskets because summer is finally here! This season allows us to do all kinds of fun outdoor activities and offers a wide variety of locally grown produce. Whether it’s a time for relaxing or coming together with family and friends, an outdoor picnic is always a good way to incorporate healthy food choices. Below are 5 of the healthiest seasonal foods to bring to your picnic this summer:

1. Raspberries: Not only are they delicious, but raspberries are also full of nutritional value. They include high levels of Vitamin C and dietary fiber. They also have significantly high levels of antioxidants. Scientific studies show that the antioxidant compounds in these berries can help protect against aging, inflammation and cancer.

2. Peaches: As one of the largest fruit crops grown in the United States, peaches provide a great deal of nutrients with few calories. These mouth-watering summer favorites are an excellent source of potassium and Vitamin A and are also high in beta-carotene, which has cancer-preventative properties. 

3. Tomatoes: Locally grown tomatoes are not only delicious but are also high in nutrients and antioxidants, especially when picked at their peak ripeness. Tomatoes are high in lycopene which is an antioxidant that can help protect against heart disease and cervical cancer. 

4. Red Bell Peppers: These flavorful and colorful vegetables contain high levels of Vitamin C. Bell peppers also contain Beta-Carotene and Lutein. Lutein is a vitamin that helps to protect eye health. They are a great addition to a summer salad and can also be a healthy snack when paired with hummus.

5. Collard Greens: Collards are leafy green vegetables that belong to the same family that includes kale, cabbage and broccoli. By eating 200 calories of collards you also get 85% of your Daily Value of Fiber! They are perfect for being the main green of a salad or cooked as part of a veggie stir fry.

Most importantly, it’s summer, so make it yummy, seasonal and have FUN with it! 

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