Happy National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month!

As June rolls in and nature becomes dressed in its best shades, we are reminded of the beauty and significance that hides behind the rainbow of colors we find in our foods. The more versatile the color in our fruits and veggies, the more health-benefiting nutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants we get. After all, there’s a reason why nutritionists suggest filling at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at each snack or meal.

Here’s the rationale that explains why eating the rainbow is in fact, your recipe for a healthy body and healthy mind:

A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. It can protect against some cancers, decrease the risk of developing kidney stones, alleviate or treat constipation, prevent iron-deficiency anemia, diminish bone loss, and lower inflammation by boosting immune function.

Long story short? Every month should be National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month. Every day should be National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Day.  However, since we are indeed in June, we decided to celebrate nature’s own medicine by sharing our special fruit and veggie-packed recipe- with a Savorfull twist, of course.

Super Savorfull No-Cook Summer Salsa

Ingredients:

 

  •         ¼ cup cherry tomato, sliced in half
  •         ¼ cup yellow pepper, diced
  •         ¼ cup firm tropical mango, diced
  •         ¼ cup radish, chopped
  •          ¼ cup grilled peach
  •          ¼ cup cucumber, chopped
  •         1 green onion, chopped
  •         2 tbsp pickled jalapenos
  •         3 cloves garlic, chopped
  •         1 ½ tbsp ground cumin
  •         2 handfuls fresh cilantro, chopped
  •         ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  •         1 tsp salt or to taste
  •         1 tbsp olive oil
  •         3 tbsp lime juice or to taste
  •         1 tbsp honey
  •         1 tbsp mustard

 

How-To:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in your favorite salsa bowl.
  2. Savor every bite.

 

Stacy’s Healthy Hacks:

Add some of sizzle to your salsa by including rainbow fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs. These ingredients burst with flavor and boost your health all at once. They are all jammed with phytonutrients, antioxidants, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, C, K and B-vitamins. Want to add an exciting crunch to your salsa?

We suggest Beanfields Jalapeno Nacho Bean Chips or Vegan Rob’s Tumeric Chips.

 

This article was written by Marie Helena Bitar, currently a summer intern at Savorfull. She is originally from Lebanon, but recently moved to the US after completing her BS in Nutrition with a Minor in Psychology, to pursue a Master of Public Health-Dietetics at the University of Michigan. With a lifelong passion for nutrition and health, Marie Helena is an advocate for mental wellness, physical wellbeing and body positivity at every size, age, race and gender.