Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tips for staying healthy over summer vacation

With the school year quickly coming to an end and final exams around the corner, stress levels are at an all-semester high. Summer is within reach but lack of sleep and busy schedules can leave students feeling lethargic, overwhelmed and sick. Thankfully, nature has a solution to students' stress: fresh produce.

Many fruits and vegetables contain vital nutrients that combat sickness and lethargy, keeping students energized and healthy. The beginning of summer means a harvest of delicious fruits and vegetables available for all. Want to know where to get the best, freshest produce? Check out the options below and get started on maintaining a healthy body for summer.

Pick your own: If you enjoy being in nature and getting your hands dirty, spend a Saturday morning in the fields picking strawberries or blueberries. U-pick farms are a fun, relaxing option, enjoyable for people of all ages. If you're looking for a good u-pick blueberry farm, try Blue Youth Blueberries in Odessa. If you're more of a strawberry fan, try Hydro Harvest Farms in Ruskin, where produce is grown using a hydroponic system.

Go to market: Is there anything better than wandering through a farmers market on a weekend morning? If you'd rather not get your hands dirty picking produce, try visiting a local farmer's market. Vendors are often willing to bargain with buyers and offer unique, delicious products. If you're wanting organic products, be sure to visit South Tampa Farms in Tampa. They sell local honey, raw milk, free range chicken eggs and much more. If you're looking for a bite to eat on the weekend, visit the Farmer's Market in Hyde Park, held the first Sunday of each month. You can buy everything from specialty grilled cheese to fresh coconut and green smoothies there.

Have it delivered: If you're feeling especially lazy after the busyness of the school year and just want to stay home and sleep, try having organic produce delivered to your doorstep. Tampa Bay Organics is a delivery company that allows you to customize your monthly order of produce. Each month, a box arrives at your home with fresh fruits and vegetables for you to try.

Staying healthy and stress free during this busy time of year doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it can be enjoyable and delicious if you know what to do and where to look.

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