Summer is an ideal time for healthier eating. More fresh fruits and vegetables are available at traditional grocery stores. Local farmers’ markets pop-up around town.

With warmer weather, I find myself being more active. I’m outside more often – whether I’m taking a walk or attending a gathering with family and friends.

As the weather becomes warmer, I notice my appetite shrinks – maybe because of the heat and activity. Although my appetite shrinks, my craving for fresh fruits and vegetables increases.

It’s a time of year for watermelon and berries (my favorite are strawberries). I keep a container in my refrigerator filled with cut up watermelon and berries to snack on anytime I have a sugar craving.

It’s a time of year when I can comfortably drink a cold fruit smoothie in the morning. (During colder months, I want something warm to drink in the morning.)

It’s a time of year when I can live off of sliced tomatoes and mozzarella drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

It’s a time of year I eat grilled vegetables, my favorite are bell peppers and mushrooms.

There are many other summer fruits and vegetables which are worth trying. This summer, challenge yourself to eat healthier by trying these summer substitutes:

1- Be brave and try a new fruit or vegetable. Visit a local farmers’ market for ideas.

2- Jazz up your salads by adding chopped apples or blueberries.

3- Replace sugar cravings with watermelon and berries.

4- Replace ice cream with frozen grapes.

5- Grill baby carrots or other vegetables to spruce up your meals.

Take advantage of the plentiful fruits and vegetables we have available during warmer weather. Search online for new recipes using fruits and vegetables. Make eating healthier exciting. At least, try one of the suggested summer substitutes for healthier eating.


Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter and as a financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”