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Seasonal products: properties and benefits

Summer is coming and with it comes new flavours in the kitchen! We open our doors to welcome the new seasonal products.

As we know, nowadays you can consume any product, practically all year round. And although they are available, it’s better to consume them in their natural harvest as it’s less artificial.

If you want eat cheap and tasty food, seasonal fruits and vegetables are ideal! They are cheaper because their production, transport and storage costs decrease; they are tastier because they do not need additives. Also they are more sustainable because they need less refrigeration.

Vegetables:

Summer is ideal for consuming vegetables in all their possible forms. Those typical this time of year are:

Courgettes, pumpkins, onions, green beans, turnips, cucumbers, radishs, peppers, beetroot, tomatoes and carrots.

In addition, these foods don’t contain too many calories, as they are very low in carbohydrates and protein. They contribute to the proper functioning of the body and contain phytochemicals that act as antioxidants in your body.

Fruit:

Without a doubt, summer is the best time to eat refreshing and tasty fruit.

Cherry’s, apricots, raspberry’s, figs, mangoes, plums, melons, peaches, nectarines and watermelons.

They are a great way to hydrate your body which is important in summer, due to their high-water content. They also contain vitamins C, E and provitamin A, which help maintain your cells. They contain carbohydrates from sugars such as fructose (the riper the fruit, the more sugar it contains). But, the best thing about this product is that, apart from eating it, you can drink it!

The vegetables we eat in summer provide our bodies with a great deal of nutrients, as well as adding colour and flavour to our menu. Despite its many advantages, we know that you don’t want to spend all summer eating fruit and vegetables… So, we have selected seasonal meat and fish, just for you!

Meat:

The best choices for summer are the following products:

Beef, cow, pork, chicken, chicken, turkey and rabbit.

Seasonal meat preserves its nutritional, vitamin and mineral properties intact. Please note that our selection includes both red and white meats. The white ones contain less fat so they can be consumed more frequently. Red meats have a higher content of saturated fats so you should moderate your consumption.

Fish:

It’s the season for blue fish:

Tuna, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, horse mackerel.

They are healthier, rich in vitamins A, D and omega 3. It is recommended to consume them up to 2 or 3 times a week. They facilitate digestion and do not have a high caloric value. They prevent cardiovascular, eye and brain diseases and help to reduce bad cholesterol.

In the summer, you can take advantage of the opportunity to consume all these types of products, taking advantage of the weather conditions to have a picnic, or perhaps a barbecue. In any case, we hope that our list has helped you to get to know both the products that this new summer season brings, and their multiple properties and health benefits.

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