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3 Must-Try Summer Vegetables

August is here and with late summer comes a sense of nostalgia as we savor all that summer has to offer before the weather cools down and busy days of back to school begin. August also signifies the beginning of harvest and for many of us, that means enjoying the plentiful fruits and vegetables the season has to offer. Cucumber, tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash are annual staples but are there other seasonal gems we should add to our routine? After all, the more variety we consume, the more nutrients we receive which equals big benefits to our health. So next time you find yourself at the Saturday market or in the produce aisle of the grocery store, consider adding these three must-try summer vegetables to your basket.

1. Radishes

Radishes are often appreciated for their beautiful red and pink hues but their skins is also very tender, requiring minimal prep work. They add a pop of color to any summer salad or make for an easy addition to pasta dishes or stir-fried vegetables. What's more, radishes are considered to offer protection from heart disease and certain cancers.

2. Beets

Beets nutrient content along with brilliant color and versatility make them a culinary dream. Beets can be juiced, pureed, grilled, steamed, or roasted to be eaten solo or more commonly, added to soups or salads. Beets are well known nutritionally for their excellent fiber content and role in lowering blood pressure. No matter how they are prepared; their natural sweet flavor, intense color, and nutrient density, beets are always sure to impress!

3. Eggplant

Eggplant makes an delicious substitution for pasta or meat as it's mesh like flesh allow it to absorb seasonings and sauces for a burst of flavor. Best cooked baked, grilled, or stuffed, eggplants are easily prepared and offer even more nutrition when eaten with skin left on. In fact, the purple color of the skin especially, has been linked to better brain health by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow. So, why not enjoy one of the many vegetables late summer has to offer with this Eggplant Parmesan Bake!?

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