What are the Best Healthy Cooking Methods & Foods for Spring and Summer?

Just as the cold winter months lends it to warming stews and soups to help keep us warm, our bodies have different needs in the spring and summer. In many areas the weather is getting fairly warm. It is a time when many of us like to be outdoors enjoying the warm weather activities. And so we find that we have even less time for cooking foods that take a long time to complete. It is also a time when the last thing we want to do is eat warming foods.

Spring is a time to cleanse from the heavier foods and more sedentary lifestyle of winter. It is when our body naturally wants to begin eating lighter and cleaner foods. Summer is a time to eat light, clean foods that are cooked quickly, or even raw, such as salads. Many of the tender young greens come into season in the spring, along with vegetables that are more flavorful if cooked quickly. It is a good time for the following cooking methods:

You can click on all of these cooking methods in our list of animations to be shown exactly how to do them. Not only because of the seasonal vegetables, but these methods of cooking have a tendency to be much more cooling for the body. Some of the World's Healthiest Foods that are coming into season for spring and summer are listed below. As you can see nature has a way of moving into a season of fresh fruits and vegetables that are lighter for the warm weather months. By eating more cooling foods in the warm weather and warming foods in the colder months it helps to create a balance and harmony for health and well being. Try looking up these foods in our list of World's Healthiest Foods to support eating these seasonal ingredients. We also have a multitude of recipes that are perfect for these two seasons. They incorporate these foods and our healthy, quick and easy cooking methods. Here are just a few of our favorites. All these recipes are quick and easy to prepare leaving plenty of time to enjoy playful outdoor summer activities.

Some of "The World's Healthiest Foods" fruits and vegetables that are in season at this time.

Vegetables Fruit

Green Beans
Summer Squash
Salad Greens
Green Peas
Swiss Chard
Sweet Bell Peppers


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