Summer’s The Perfect Time for Healthy Eating

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

TUESDAY, June 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Summer get-togethers provide a perfect opportunity to eat fresh and healthy foods, an expert says.

“Picnics, tailgates and barbecues are the perfect occasions to take advantage of the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are available from May through September,” Katherine Farrell Harris, director of Integrated Nutrition for AdvantageCare Physicians, said in a news release.

“I always tell patients that if they are outside in the fresh air, they should be consuming foods that are fresh and found in nature — like vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, legumes and water instead of processed foods created in labs and factories,” she said.

If you’re hosting an outdoor gathering, forget about processed foods. Instead, use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create a balanced meal that includes vegetables, salads and healthy snacks like hummus.

Use legumes — beans, peas or lentils — to make salads or side dishes. They…

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