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Food for Thought: Superfood Summer Stock up

Written by Lisa Jillanza

With all of the great summertime crop shares and farmer's markets, the summer months are the best time to stock up on great and fresh superfoods.

These summertime fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of “keep-you-full” fiber, and essential vitamins like A, C and E.

These foods can be eaten alone, or added to smoothies, salads, sandwiches, or can even be the star of your seasonal barbeque.

Superfood for Summer

They are:

Kiwi : contains 21% of your nutritional value of fiber and is high in vitamins C and E, and potassium.

Asparagus : one cup contains 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and only 27 calories.

Watermelon : one cup contains only 46 calories, and offers 18% of your daily vitamin A and 21% of your daily vitamin C.

Strawberries : get a full day's supply of vitamin C with one 49-calorie cup of strawberries.

Blueberries : these small treats provide 4 grams of fiber and almost a quarter of your daily vitamin C in one 84-calorie cup.

Cherries : one 77-calorie cup packs 10% of your daily fiber and 40% of your daily vitamin A.

Summer squash : one cup contains just 18 calories (yes that's 18 calories) and offers 32% of your daily vitamin C. Plus it makes an excellent noodle substitute.

Eggplant : one cup of eggplant contains only 20 calories and 11% of your daily fiber.  It also contains vitamin C, vitamin K, niacin, thiamin and vitamin B6.