SUMMER’S IN-SEASON INGREDIENTS YOU SHOULD EAT

These foods pack a nutrient punch
PHOTO: KIRSTIN MCKEE/STOCKSY

1 Aubergine

They might not necessarily be a staple in most fridges, but aubergines (also known as eggplants across the pond) deserve the spotlight when it comes to their nutritional benefits. They are packed with a wide range of vitamins and minerals; potassium, vitamin C and magnesium to name a few. Eat up if you’re looking to boost that immune system or add some colour to your plate.

Not sure how to eat it? Try making baba ganoush for a healthy snack, a smokey aubergine dip made with tahini and olive oil. For an easy side dish, half an aubergine lengthways and pop under the grill before drizzling with tahini and topping with pomegranate seeds.

2 Beetroot

Beetroot juice is a popular drink along athletes thanks to recent research that has uncovered its benefits for endurance performance. Beetroot is even better known for its huge antioxidant properties, boasting high levels of vitamins A and C as well as calcium and iron.

Try them roasted, in a salad or even pickled. But be careful, these super bright vegetables stain absolutely everything!

3 Cavolo nero

Bored of regular kale and cabbage? There’s a new leafy veg in town and it’s in season right now. You can find cavolo nero is larger supermarkets, sometimes sold as ‘black kale’ - in fact, it is actually a type of kale. Just like the curly kale you’re more used to seeing, cavolo nero is also super high in antioxidants, as well as boasting a high iron and vitamin C content. It has a slightly less chewy texture than regular kale, which some people prefer.

You can use it in place of regular kale by adding to stir-fries, warm salads and even smoothies.

4 Watermelon

Is there a more refreshing fruit on a hot summer’s day than watermelon? As well as doing its part to keep you hydrated (the clue is in the name!), watermelon is also good for your immunity thanks to its high levels of vitamin C.

Watermelon is perfect as part of a fruit salad or melon medley. Make sure you stock up for this summer’s barbecues! It’d be rude not to...

5 Raspberries

There’s nothing like a good batch of sweet, in-season raspberries, are we right? We often take these little summer berries for granted since they’re so readily available all year round, but getting them while they’re at their best is a must. Not only are raspberries known to be anti-inflammatory as well as high in the all-important vitamin C, but their quercetin levels make them a good choice of fruit for anyone looking to keep their health in check.

Do we really need to tell you how to eat raspberries? Chuck them on every and any thing!

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