Summer Nutrition

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People are more likely to start eating more fruits and vegetables this time of the year either to get that swim suit body or for just a healthy change.

"A pasta salad with whole wheat rotini with some kale, zucchini, squash, red bell peppers, just very very colorful with a light low fat vinaigrette," said Registered Dietitian Jamie Sharp.

That is what Registered Dietitian Jamie Sharp thinks is the ideal meal, but whether you choose to eat like her or not it is important to stay healthy, especially during the summer months.

"I say stick with the basics, of course, during the summer when it is hotter if you are doing more fruit and things that are juicy it might be a little bit better it might help prevent dehydration," said Sharp.

In addition to what you should eat, there are a few foods you should avoid.

"I think heavier high fat foods take longer to digest its hotter in the summer it could lead to more nausea not feeling well lighter foods, again fruits and vegetables, lean cuts of meat low fat dairy products," said Sharp.

And locals are used to having fruits and vegetables only available during the summer but they should also grow accustomed to having those foods, during other seasons.

"One of the hardest things for so many of us especially here in the south and i only say that because i live in the south we really concentrate on fruits and vegetables during the summer because that's when they have always been available but what we have learned is that we have a lot of growers that grow year round," said Co-manager or the farmers market at Dothan Nurseries, Susan Owens.

Local farmers have you covered if you are afraid of those harmful pesticides

"We try to use only natural techniques. We try not to spray at all but if we do then we use garlic based water, something natural that mostly aggravates the bugs more than kills the grass," said local grower Kenneth Cox.

Despite where you get your produce from it is important to remember to get your five to nine servings a day.

Fruits and vegetables are low in calories high in fiber and full of vitamins and minerals.

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