One of the keys to successful weight loss is finding food that is not only healthy but also tasty as well. Many a diet has been derailed through the constant eating of the flavorless and expensive “diet” foods found in your local grocery store. Fortunately Nashville, like many communities across the country, has a bountiful resource of inexpensive, nutritious, and locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, and nuts in the Nashville Farmer’s Market. In this ongoing series, we look at what locally grown and nutritious fruits and vegetables are available at your local farmer’s market during a given month, and then provide links to healthy recipes using those ingredients.
There’s plenty on offer at your local Farmer’s Market in August. While it isn’t the beginning of the season for anything, it is right in the middle of the seasonal peak for a number of healthy foods.
Many Tennesseans are only familiar with eggplant as a fried menu item at bad Italian restaurants, which is too bad because the unique taste and texture of eggplant make it a versatile dish, as well as one that is packed with nutrients. Eggplants are an excellent source of fiber. It is also one of the best vegetable sources for potassium, something most people don’t get enough of. Eggplants also include phytonutrients that help protect brain cell membranes. At 27 calories per cooked cup, it’s an extremely low calorie food as well.
This smoked eggplant Italian soup recipe from the Seattle Farmer’s Market Examiner is a healthy way to do something different with eggplant
Fire up the grill with this marinated and grilled eggplant recipe from the Brooklyn Vegan Examiner
While President Obama recently used “eat your peas” as a term for doing an unpleasant task, there are few things in the world better than fresh green peas from a Farmer’s Market. In addition to having great taste and texture, green peas are also nutritional powerhouses. They contain a large amount of Vitamin K, Manganese, and Vitamin C, and are a good source of Dietary Fiber. While the high starch content makes them higher in calories than many vegetables, the nutritional benefits provide a lot of bang for the caloric bucks.
This paneer and green peas recipe from the SF Vegetarian Examiner will have you seeing peas in a whole different light
This green pea soup with mint recipe from the Gourmet Food Examiner is fit for a King’s table