Summer perfect time to add fruit and veggies to diet

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Summertime is the perfect time to pack our meals full of vegetables and fruits, as many of them are in season this time of year.

Fruits and vegetables are essential to our diet because they are packed with a myriad of nutrients our bodies need to maintain our health and well being.

A few examples of nutritious fruits and vegetables that are in season throughout June, July and August include bell peppers, blackberries, corn, cucumbers, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini and summer squash.

This time of year is also an ideal time for grilling. Grilling protein and/or vegetables, as opposed to frying food, is an excellent way to make your meals leaner and healthier.

However, it is important to be mindful of the nutrition facts and ingredients in the marinades and seasonings we use when grilling foods—avoid those that are high in sodium, sugar and/or fat.

Watching portion sizes is important year-round, and can especially help individuals get ‘bathing suit ready’ for the summertime.

Making sure you eat proper portions and include the right variety of foods in your diet can be difficult, and often, the guidance of a dietitian can get people on the right track.

Cone Health has an exceptional network of registered dietitians dedicated to helping patients develop and maintain healthy, balanced diets that work for them and fit into their lifestyles.

Spokesperson Background:
Jenifer Kayan is a registered dietician at Cone Health’s Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville.

Jenifer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in nutritional sciences from University of Connecticut in 2008 and completed a dietetic internship at East Carolina University in 2009.