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June Seasonal Produce to Beat the Summer Heat

Did you know, some people may get as much as 40% of their total water intake from food? Well, we've had some unexpected weather this month out here in the Pacific Northwest. I know that many areas have experienced weather that is out of the usual. When it heats up, we need to be extra mindful to watch our water intake. This is what has driven me to look at 'refreshing' produce for this month.

First up Japanese cucumber. Not sure the difference between cucumber types? Well, Japanese cucumbers tend to have very few seeds. And a fun fact, cucumbers are actually known to promote hydration. They are 96% water! There are other great nutritional benefits to this crispy veg as well including providing minerals and nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and potassium.

Lett-uce not forget about our leafy green friends (couldn't resist a pun). Lettuce also helps with hydration as water makes up over 95% of it. Along with hydration lettuce also has a good amount of vitamin K to help reduce your risk of bone fractures.

Cherries are a fruit that contains a healthy amount of water with 82.25g of water for every 100g of fruit. Cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as polyphenols, which can improve symptoms of arthritis. But be warned! Cherries are a fruit that if you eat too much of they may not sit well in your stomach. Most often people complain of an upset stomach and diarrhea due to overconsumption.

One of the things I love about eating plant-based is you get the most "bang for your bite." That is, every bite you take is filled with nutrients and minerals that help your body thrive, with minimal adverse impacts when compared to animal products. If you want to stay hydrated all summer long make sure to eat your fruits and veggies!

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