With summer in full swing, here's my 5 July must adds to your grocery list:
1) Jalapeños: While these spicy little friends have a regular spot on my grocery list, I pick up twice as many during my summer weekly grocery runs compared to in the winter. Jalapeños are perfect way to add a little heat and a lot of flavor to just about anything! I add them to guacamole, scrambled eggs, as a salad topping, tucked inside my turkey burger mix, and as a spicy addition to fruit salad. Jalapeños add flavor but also aid digestion, increase metabolism, and help slow the speed at which we eat, helping us to feel when we are full so we don't overeat.
2) Mahi Mahi: Mahi Mahi is also known as dolphinfish, but don't worry, dolphinfish are NOT the same as the dolphins we all love and swim with on Caribbean vacations. It's a totally different fish.
A 3 ounce serving has just 93 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fat. Mahi Mahi is low in saturated fat and a good source of Vitamin B12, Potassium, and Phosphorus.
3) Fresh Mixed Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries...I buy berries in bulk and go through them like crazy! Berries are high in fiber, low in calories, and have a low glycemic index which makes them a great way to indulge in a sweet fix without doing damage to your nutrition.
4) Grapefruit: I love the refreshing taste of grapefruit, especially in the summer. Whether it's a little fresh squeezed grapefruit juice added to my regular green juice or some citrus slices in my salad, it adds the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and refreshing.
5) Heirloom Tomatoes: If you've never tasted a Heirloom Tomato, you've never tasted a real tomato. The difference in flavor compared to the bland beefsteak or vine tomatoes at the supermarket is incredible. For a tomato to be considered heirloom, as a rule of thumb, they must come from seeds that are at least 50 years old. So these little gems are as close to the original tomatoes that our grandparents grew up with as we can get. No GMO's and all the flavor hasn't been bred of of them, like the average tomato in the supermarket.
Heirloom tomatoes are also simply gorgeous. Unique in look, they range from deep burgundy, red, orange, yellow, and sometimes have green stripes. They add a lot vibrant color and delicious flavor to even the simplest of meals.
Tomato season is short and sweet, so get your Heirloom Tomatoes while you can!
What are your July grocery list must haves?