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Foods for Great Summer Nutrition

With so much delicious produce available during the summer months, it should be a snap to get your recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies.

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A slice of watermelon. A handful of berries. A glass of iced tea. These are all classic summertime foods, and as it turns out, they're also great choices to keep you healthy.

Eating more fruits and vegetables will help prevent you from developing any vitamin and mineral deficiencies (which are rare in the U.S.) but these are foods that also contain antioxidants and phytonutrients -- compounds that may also help protect you against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and obesity, among other conditions.

Fruits and vegetables are well-represented on our list, not only because of their health benefits, but also because they're in-season during the summer months. If you're like most Americans, though, you're only eating three servings of fruits and vegetables every day. That's not enough -- you need five or more -- especially when summer is the season for an abundance of fresh produce. Take a few tips from our list for fresh, light and nutritious foods -- many you won't even need to heat up (a plus when it's steamy outside).

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