In today’s supermarket, it’s normal to see the same produce available year-round. However, that doesn’t mean the quality always remains the same. Eating seasonally means you are simply taking advantage of the harvest schedule and enjoying fully mature produce at the peak of its growing season. Seasonal eating can also help encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables daily.
Most adults don’t get the daily nutrition they need, but fortunately, one of the best parts of summer is the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. This month, consider buying the following in-season products:
While at the grocery store or farmers market this summer, shop for seasonal produce and reap the following benefits:
The next time you’re grocery shopping, consider choosing seasonally fresh options to give your body a nutritional boost and impress your palate.
Spending time outside is a great way to be active and reduce stress. However, the sun’s rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, so it’s essential to protect your body from sun damage and skin cancer. Here are a few tips to protect yourself while enjoying the summer weather:
Routinely inspect your skin for any spots or changes in color or appearance. If you have any concerns, see your doctor.
An estimated 107,622 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That’s a 15% increase from the previous year. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, was involved in the most deaths. While overdose deaths have been on the rise for years, they surged during the pandemic, especially in its first year. Even as the pandemic slows, it won’t be a quick switch back to normalcy, as these conditions need to be addressed and treated.
Treatment, or the lack thereof, is a crucial reason overdose numbers continue to rise. Drug abuse treatment access and utilization were lacking even before the pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 20 million people age 12 and older reported having a substance abuse disorder in 2019—but only 10% were receiving care.
It’s critical to check in with yourself and others living with mental health conditions and facing substance abuse. If you have concerns, reach out to a doctor or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup sugar
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
2 Tbsp. water
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup quick-cooking oats
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup blueberries or strawberries
Total Calories 75; Total Fat 1g; Protein 2g; Sodium 130mg; Carbohydrate 15g;
Dietary Fiber 1g; Saturated Fat 0g; Total Sugars 8g