Heart-healthy end-of-summer meal ideas

Heart-healthy end-of-summer meal ideas

The new school year is finally here, but that doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to your favorite summer meals. There’s still plenty of in-season summer produce filling farmers markets and grocery stores, so you've still got time to enjoy your favorite healthy summer recipes.

First, here’s a primer on some the fruits and veggies that are in season in Indiana this time of year:

  • Blueberries
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes

Incorporate these foods into salads, sandwiches, salsas, sides, desserts and on the grill to make the most of these last weeks of summer.

Speaking of the grill, Labor Day doesn’t necessarily mean the end of grilling season. In fact, the weather in our part of country often allows for outdoor grilling and tailgating well into the fall months. As you’re planning your cookout, be sure to include a good selection of fruits and vegetables along with your go-to grilling meats. Our favorite fruits and veggies to throw on the grill include zucchini and summer squash, pineapple wheels, corn on the cob, halved peaches, eggplant, Portobello mushrooms and asparagus.

When it comes to meat, opt for leaner cuts that are high in protein and low in fat. Chicken is always a great option, as are meatier cuts of fish including salmon, tuna and swordfish. If you’re craving red meat, stick to lean cuts like eye of round roast or top sirloin. Check out these delectable grilling recipes to fire up your imagination before you fire up the grill.

You may not think of soup as the ideal summer fare, but it actually makes the perfect food to transition from summer to fall.  Whether you prefer a cold summer soup, such as gazpacho, or something heartier, soup makes for a delicious, affordable and convenient meal any time of year. And as a bonus, soup can be made from just about any combination of beans, lentils, vegetables and meats or fish you might have on hand, so it’s perfect for cleaning out that pantry or fridge. Check out this collection of summer soups and stews for some super soup ideas.

Back-to-school season often means less time to cook and enjoy meals as a family. Don’t worry—you can still eat well armed with a few easy, nutritious recipes you can whip up in under an hour. That means less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends this fall. 

Posted: 8/28/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: eating, healthy, heart, recipes

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