Harvest of the Month

Welcome to a special double edition of the Harvest of the Month! This edition will highlight both July and August themes. July is a great time to get outdoors and visit different parks. Many parks offer different events, classes, and programs for the entire family. It is also a good time to make better beverage choices and stay hydrated during these hot summer days.

July’s Harvest of the Month is Peppers. You can find many tasty recipes that include peppers at EatFresh.org. While August is a fantastic time to focus on fruits. Fruits provide nutrients needed to maintain your health and body. Since August is typically a hot month, it is a good time to cool off in your nearest pool, lake, or ocean and try swimming. Using EatFresh.org, you can also find amazing recipes using August’s Harvest of the Month, Melons.

July Themes

August Themes

July Themes

  • Nutrition:  Make Better Beverage Choices
  • Harvest of the Month:  Peppers
  • Physical Activity:  Visit Parks

Make Better Beverage Choices

What you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories.

Here are some tips on ways to make better beverage choices:

  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free milk or milk alternatives.
  • Make sure to have water on the go by using a reusable bottle.
  • Check the Nutrition Facts Label on your favorite beverages to rethink your drink.

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Harvest of the Month: Peppers

A ½ cup of sweet peppers (green, yellow, and red) is an excellent source of vitamin C.  Sweet peppers are also a good source of vitamin B₆, which helps your body build healthy blood cells. 

Featured Recipes:

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Energize Your Body with Visiting Parks

Visiting parks is a fun way to get outside, enjoy nature, and be physically active.  Health benefits of physical activity include a decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and stroke.  Physical activity can also help you get to and keep a healthy body weight, reduce depression, and help you live longer.

Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Visit parks with family and friends.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after your activities.
  • Hike, walk, jog, or bike, are some ideas.
  • Come ready for the outdoors with items such as sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, bug spray, and a first aid kit.

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August Themes

  • Nutrition: Focus on Fruits
  • Harvest of the Month: Melons
  • Physical Activity: Swimming

Focus on Fruits

Eating a variety of fruits provides many health benefits. People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. Focus on whole fruits - fresh, canned, frozen, or dried – instead of juice. The sugar naturally found in fruit does not count as added sugar.

Here are some tips to help you eat more fruits:

  • Experiment with flavor and try something new
  • Enjoy fruit at breakfast, lunch, or even dinner
  • Enjoy fruit as a snack or as a dessert option
  • Eat from a variety of colors and textures

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Harvest of the Month: Melons

A ½ cup of melon – like cantaloupe, casaba, or honeydew – is an excellent source of vitamin C. Melons provide a rich source of carotenoids, such as lycopene (watermelon) and beta-carotene (cantaloupe). Carotenoids are antioxidants that may lower your risk for some diseases by keeping your body safe from free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells.

Featured Recipes:

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Additional Melon Facts and Recipes:

Energize Your Body with Swimming

Swimming burns more calories per hour and has a lower risk of injury than most other aerobic activities. It has also been shown to improve heart health and lead to greater strength and flexibility. Because swimming is low impact, it is an ideal activity for people recovering from an injury or those with disabilities.

Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Visit a pool at a local YMCA or parks and recreation center.
  • Swim with a friend or family member.
  • Try different strokes, such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
  • If you are  swimming outdoors, do not forget to wear sunscreen.

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