When it comes to living in a way that’s more planet-friendly, the way we eat has a huge impact. Foods that are in season require little-to-no freezing and refrigeration, meaning there’s a much lower environmental impact. Additionally, if you buy local grown foods, your food travels less, which is also great for the planet.

Between June and July, there are a great number of in-season foods available for nutritious, delicious summer meals. Here are just a few:

Asparagus

This crunchy green is the perfect addition to some poached eggs in the morning, but our favorite way is probably over a salad. For a luxurious summer salad try Lifesum’s asparagus, mango and goat’s cheese salad.

Asparagus health benefits: Low in calories, great source of fiber, plenty of antioxidants, helps to lower blood pressure

Radish

I don’t know about you, but I was introduced to radishes a little late in life. And I’m pretty mad about it! These are incredible dipped in butter and sprinkled with sea salt, as demonstrated by NYT Cooking; trust me, this stuff will change your life.

Radish health benefits: Lots of vitamin C, good for digestion, low in calories, low in fat

Rhubarb

Ever had strawberry rhubarb pie? It’s a summer recipe staple. The sweetness of strawberries, the tartness of rhubarb; also it’s a pie, so you can pretty much count on it being delicious. Try this vegan one from From My Bowl.

Rhubarb health benefits: Low in calories, high in fiber, good source of vitamin K1

Strawberries

Although my personal favorite way to eat strawberries in the summer is with some lightly whipped cream, they’re also wonderful in the form of crostini, like these roasted strawberry, basil, and goat’s cheese crostini.

Strawberries health benefits: Rich in antioxidants, plenty of vitamin C, 91% water, good source of fiber

Melon

I have to admit, melon isn’t really my thing, but most people love it. Whether you’re more in to cantaloupe melon or honeydew melon, melons are a great way to stay cool and refreshed in the summer heat. Try Lifesum’s Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon Salad for a sweet and healthy treat.

Melon health benefits: RIch in electrolytes and water, good source of fiber, high in vitamin C, low fat content

Watermelon

Watermelon, feta and mint salad anyone? This fruit is the essence of summer. You literally can’t get more summery than watermelon. For a flawless watermelon salad recipe, click here.

Watermelon health benefits: High in vitamin C and vitamin A, low in calories, 92% water, lots of antioxidants

Peach

Grilled peaches are a high summer dessert delight. Cut them in half, remove the pit, brush the cut sides down with a little olive oil or avocado oil, and put them face down on the grill on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Serve with a little yogurt, whipped cream, or a scoop of ice-cream (homemade vegan vanilla coconut ice-cream from the Minimalist Baker is the one).

Peach health benefits: Good source of fiber, high in vitamin C, good for heart health, aid digestion

Which of these is your favorite recipe idea?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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