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End of Summer Must: How-to Make Use of Seasonal Summer Produce Before It's Gone

Just as the old “no white after Labor Day” rule has fallen by the fashion wayside, so has the idea that with the arrival of September comes the switch to pumpkin-spice lattés and all foods fall. Because, really, what’s the rush? Especially when wonderfully delicious and nutritious seasonal summer fruits and vegetables are still around. End of summer produce offers some of the best opportunities to infuse your diet with antioxidants and a host of vitamins and minerals—essential to following a skin-healthy anti-inflammatory diet—and to deliver a kick of flavor and crunch to some of your favorite dishes. The sheer variety of flavors offered by seasonal summer fruits and vegetables, in fact, makes them the most versatile of healthy anti-inflammatory food sources. So don’t miss out on making them a staple of your diet—especially the locally-grown, organic crops that are highest in nutritional value and great taste.

Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy Summer Produce in Fall

Here are just a few of our favorite ways to keep enjoying seasonal summer produce well into fall—and even throughout the winter—as part of an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory diet:  
    1. Make a satisfying bed for healthy proteins with spicy baby arugula

This tangy cruciferous vegetable—yes, arugula is actually the more flavorful cousin of broccoli, kale, and brussels spouts!—is high in both bone-friendly vitamin K and calcium, helping to lower your risk of osteoporosis. It’s also an excellent source of the mega-antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid, which not only helps fuel cellular repair and reduce the body’s aging inflammatory response, but has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and even lower glucose levels (and increase insulin sensitivity) in people with diabetes. When served as a bed to healthy proteins such as grilled chicken or foods with omega-3, such as wild salmon, it provides a subtle bite—sometimes peppery, other times more like an infusion of mustard, depending on the plant—as well as a belly-filling dose of fiber. salad with arugula, cucumbers and radishes  
    1. For a twist on traditional greens in sautées, substitute peppery watercress

This iron-rich green—a powerful anti-inflammatory food—comes alive when it’s sautéed with lemon, garlic, and crushed red pepper and paired with halibut. Find our simple, robustly flavorful recipe here. watercress on cutting board  
    1. Satisfy your sweets fix by garnishing breakfast with berries and cantaloupe

Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and boysenberries are jam-packed with inflammation-fighting antioxidants—and make for a heart-healthy treat when prepared as a compote for almond-flour pancakes, a delicious gluten-free, low-carb alternative to traditional pancakes or toast. To up your nutrition game even further, surround those pancakes with balls of cantaloupe; the summer fruit is full of vitamin C and helps hydrate your skin! almond flour pancakes with berries  
    1. Transform the most-delicious smoothies of the year into a frozen treat

Grab all of your favorite seasonal summer fruits (peaches, melons, blueberries, you name it), churn them into smoothies, and then pour into ice-cube trays and add popsicle sticks for an antioxidant-packed dessert that helps alleviate aging inflammation, as well as sugar cravings. frozen treats made with berries  
    1. Create a refreshing new take on salsa with cucumbers

Offering a milder flavor than tomatoes and tons of skin-healthy hydration (cucumbers are over 90 percent water), this crunchy summer vegetable makes for a bright alternative as the main ingredient in salsas to serve as dips or over foods with omega-3, such as wild salmon and halibut. Cucumbers boast many health benefits, but one of the most important is as an anti-ager. That’s because cucumbers contain several anti-inflammatory nutrients, including a variety of the potent antioxidant polyphenol. (One, called “fisetin,” has even been shown to improve brain health.) cucumber salsa  
    1. Transform fresh cherries into a sweet and savory ketchup

Enjoy cherries year round by cooking them with apple cider vinegar, honey, and a host of different spices, then puréeing and bottling it all up as a delicious ketchup that doubles as a healthy alternative to barbeque sauce. For as sweet as they may taste, cherries actually score low on the glycemic index. That, along with the all the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds they contain, makes them a fantastic fruit to add to your skin-healthy anti-inflammatory diet. cherries in a dish  
    1. Prepare ripe tomatoes so you can enjoy their flavor throughout the winter

Summer brings us so many varieties of incredibly flavorful, locally-grown tomatoes. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to preserve that flavor to enjoy in the colder months. Make a savory tomato jam, or prepare a huge batch of soup or pasta sauce and then freeze in small batches. But tomatoes aren’t just addictively delicious. They’re an excellent source of the antioxidant lycopene, which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body and combat aging in your skin. The fact that seasonal summer produce is one of the key ingredients in an anti-inflammatory diet means that extending your eating affair with this warm-weather bounty can help kickstart a whole new, whole-body-healthy routine that will boost your energy levels and mental clarity, and dramatically improve your skin and body’s ability to function at optimal levels. tomatoes in a pan

Control How Skin Ages from the Inside Out

The anti-inflammatory diet isn’t a typical “diet” that’s about deprivation and stoicism, by the way. It’s a healthy lifestyle that puts the focus on eating exceptionally delicious, fresh, unprocessed foods that enable every cell in your body to flourish and protect itself from environmental assault. To put it simply, the anti-inflammatory diet is about taking care of yourself and taking control of how your body ages. And who among us couldn’t use a little more help in the self-care department? An anti-inflammatory diet is just one part of Dr. Perricone’s 3-Tier Philosophy to fighting aging in the skin and throughout the body. It’s coupled with high-quality supplements, because it can be tough for even the most disciplined to always eat the right balance of foods, and clinical skincare that was specially formulated to avoid triggering inflammation, feed skin the vitamins and minerals it becomes depleted of as we age, and deliver advanced anti-aging technologies to restore skin to its youthful glory. This comprehensive plan enables you to get a handle on inflammation throughout the body, reduce the damaging, systemic free radicals produced by the inflammatory response, and restore your body to peak health conditions, so you can feel your absolute best at every age—and face the world with skin that looks smoother, brighter, and more radiant than ever before. So while summer may be coming to a close, your journey to a healthier body, higher energy levels, and clear, glowing skin are just beginning. All you have to do to start is taste just how great an anti-inflammatory diet can be. Find even more great anti-inflammatory food inspiration and delicious summer recipe ideas here.