Council & Associates July 2019

Zucchini, Avocado, and Swiss Chard—OhMy!

A GUIDE TO EATING SEASONALLY THIS JULY

When you eat something during its harvesting season, you get the most out of your meal. In- season fruits and vegetables are more nutrient- dense than their out-of-season counterparts, and there’s no matching the flavor profile of fresh, in-season produce. Even better, because in-season foods are so bountiful during their peak, you can save a lot of money by shopping with the season. This July, enjoy some tasty foods during their prime with this handy guide. FRUITFUL HARVEST Avocado toast lovers rejoice! Your season is here. Avocados are in season during July, joining many other fruity favorites. Gorge yourself on scrumptious blackberries, sweet strawberries,

and bountiful tomatoes. Don’t forget about the cherries and blueberries, too! Because these fruits are so plentiful this time of the year, it’s easy to find ingredients for your favorite recipes. Host a Latin-inspired foods night with fresh guacamole and salsa, or make a delectable shortcake with a blackberry and strawberry mixture on top. GRILL GAME SO STRONG There’s no better time to fire up the grill than July, and not just because of the weather. Zucchini and corn reach their peak during July, and these grilling favorites pair well with steaks, burgers, hot dogs, or fish. Go low-carb by stuffing your zucchini with vegetables and a protein for a charred skillet bowl. Even better, add some corn to your fresh salsa to

add an extra zing to your tacos. Regardless of how you utilize them, zucchini and corn are sweetest, juiciest, and freshest during July. GO GREEN Filling your plate with plenty of greens is never easier than in July. Pick up a bundle of spinach, arugula, lettuce, Swiss chard, or any other leafy green, which are all juiciest and freshest during July. Cucumbers and green beans are bountiful this time of the year, as well. This July, add some fresh flavor to your water with cucumbers or create hearty salads with any of the leafy greens mentioned above. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the middle of summer than by consuming its most delicious foods.

Local Business Spotlight

QP SELECT Whether you’re hosting a family get-together, a party with friends, or a romantic evening with your beau, your beverage selection needs to be special. While beer and wine do the trick for many, some folks simply prefer a high-quality mixed drink. The problem is that creating those drinks is a time-intensive process. Unless you have a dedicated bartender mixing up cocktails, you’re stuck with simple options like vodka sodas and gin and tonics. Luckily, a new local business is bringing premium, pre-blended cocktails to events across Atlanta. It’s called QP Select.

QP Select is named for Queen Patsy, the nickname of the owner’s family matriarch. The company’s first blend, Leverage, takes Patsy’s bold personality and classy elegance as inspiration. Leverage begins with a base of high-quality rum and includes freshly squeezed fruit juice and spices. It’s the type of beverage you’d expect to find at a high-end cocktail bar, but you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it. It’s so delicious that even the pickiest drinkers at your next party will be going back for glass after glass.

You can head to QPSelect.com to learn more about this new business and order a bottle or three of Leverage for yourself. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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