19 foods to eat before the end of the summer


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Sweet, sweet summertime is almost finished for 2014, and with it goes those delicious seasonal foods that fueled our vacation getaways and picnics in the park.

It seems as though just yesterday we were announcing our favorite summertime recipes, and now we’re watching the kids march off to school. Summer doesn’t have to end so abruptly though. We encourage you to put on your best chef’s hat and choose a menu packed with 19 of the summer’s best and healthiest foods before the beginning of fall. We’re talking about more than just the juiciest of the juicy fruits and vegetables, but also those flakey fish that fuel your afternoon bike ride.

Let’s take a look at 19 of the most craveable healthy foods to help you extend your summer, if only for a few more meals:

1. Corn

Summertime’s staple draws us in by quite literally getting our hands dirty as we husk and go to town on our corn on the cob. Did you know, though, that corn kernels contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which are compounds that filter harmful rays and protect our eyes from damaging ultraviolet rays? Pretty sweet, eh?

2. Shellfish

These summer treats, such as lobster, crab, scallops, mussels and clams, are high in protein and low in calories and fat. In addition, bones, skin and nerve tissue receive a boost through iron, zinc, selenium and iodine. Just don’t overdo it with the butter.

3. Zucchini

Low in calories, zucchini is a great substitute in our more decadent dishes. We suggest that you substitute pasta or fried cheese or chicken with zucchini. Plus, the potassium packed into it could be beneficial to heart health.

4. Red snapper

Looking for a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, but hate salmon? You’re not alone. Red snapper is a great alternative to those “fishy” fish, with a sweet-but-subtle taste and firm texture.

5. Eggplant

If you’re looking for more energy and low calories, look no further than the eggplant. Its carbohydrates make it an energy booster.