Idaho summers are filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. And Farmers’ Markets are no exception.
Here are a few of our favorite stops:
• Kootenai County Farmers’ Markets
But once you’re at the farmer’s market, what should you look for?
• Calcium-rich foods are a great way to maintain strong and healthy teeth. Look for dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips and collard greens.
• Foods high in fiber keeping saliva flowing. Saliva is the natural lubricant of the mouth and decreases dry mouth that is both uncomfortable and damaging. Look for beans (lima, black, lentils, garbanzo, navy or kidney), berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries), whole grains, sweet peas and nuts.
• Whole grain foods are rich in B vitamins and iron. Whole grains keep bones, teeth and gums healthy. Add oats, whole pasta and barley to your farmer’s market list.
Food replenishes the nutrients we use every day. So make sure you take advantage of the beautiful crops coming into market this year.