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Our Five Favorite Summer Veggies - And How To Eat Them

By The Paleo Diet Team
September 13, 2018
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Are you ready to enjoy the bounty of summer fruits and vegetables while keeping to The Paleo Diet®? Not a problem! This time of year, farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing with fresh, organic, and often locally sourced produce. If you're new to The Paleo Diet, then you may be feeling torn about wanting to enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables while wanting to stick with the protocol, but guess what? Nearly all fresh fruits and vegetables are Paleo-friendly!

Bell peppers

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Sweet red, green, and yellow bell peppers are a treat in the summer. Whether sliced up raw as a snack or roasted with garlic and olive oil, peppers are at their peak freshness between July and September - that's when you'll find them at their most flavorful.

Bell peppers are packed with nutritional benefits including your daily requirements of immune-boosting vitamin C and antioxidants while only having around 30 calories per serving!

These colorful peppers pair especially well with a nutrient packed burritos bowl. Try our healthy chicken fajita bowl and throw in red, orange, yellow, or green peppers for fresh crunch with every bite!

Find more recipes including bell peppers below:

Cucumbers

Fresh, local cucumbers have a bright, clean flavor that makes a great base for your fresh green juice or serves as the foundation for delicious salads!

Extremely low in calories, cucumbers are composed primarily of water, making them a simple, healthy snack that boosts hydration. Plus, when you add fresh, organic cucumbers to your diet, you'll get an excellent source of phytonutrients which help reduce inflammation in the body and provide you with vitamins and minerals.

Try eating your cucumbers in a soup by making our watermelon and cucumber gazpacho. It's so refreshing and is perfect plate after a long day in the sun.

Find more recipes including cucumbers below:

Tomatoes

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No vegetable is associated with summer quite like the tomato! A staple of home gardens and farmers' markets, fresh, organic tomatoes are bursting with flavor and nourishment.

Tomatoes offer vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium, plus, are a great source of the antioxidant lycopene. So, when you're shopping for seasonal produce, be sure to reach for tomatoes.

Mix up your recipes and try these stuffed tomatoes with spinach, scallions, garlic, cilantro, and basil. They make the perfect appetizers at parties or cookouts!

Find more recipes including tomatoes below:

Eggplant

Eggplant is in the same family as tomatoes and peppers. This low-calorie vegetable has dietary fiber, copper, vitamin B1, and is surprisingly versatile.

Enjoy a Paleo alternative to hummus with baba ganoush, which replaces the chickpeas of hummus with roasted, pureed eggplant.

Try slicing eggplant into thin layers for Paleo lasagna that is also vegan-friendly. Top it off with almond flour breadcrumbs, and then get ready to dig in!

Find more recipes including eggplant below:

Zucchini

Even though they look like cucumbers, zucchinis have more "substance" and a more developed flavor. This summer squash is a good source of fiber, manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Like eggplant, it's also incredibly versatile.

Many people who follow The Paleo Diet turn to zucchini as a healthy and delicious alternative to pasta by using a spiralizer to create "zoodles."

The perfect recipe to try zoodles out for yourself is our one pot lemon zoodles with shrimp. This recipe takes 30 minutes to make, it's easy to make, and healthy!

Find more recipes including zucchini below:

Find a recipe that you liked? Head to your local farmers market, stock up on your veggies, and get cooking!

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