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Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 04:56AM

Labor Day WeekendLabor Day, with its origins in the 1800s, is the time-honored tradition for celebrating the American labor movement and workforce. It also serves as a “last round” signal that the lazy days of summer are drawing to a close.

That’s why Labor Day Weekend is so-often celebrated with big blowout, outdoor meals prepared in backyard barbecue pits or at national parks, beaches, ball parks and outdoor concert venues. When preparing for the ultimate, outdoor Labor Day feast to go with your picture-perfect, outdoor destination, consider your food options carefully for portability, seasonality, and ability to stay cool and fresh. NuVal® recommends seasonal food items to go with favorite meat, poultry and fish selections. Local produce for late August/early September are among summer’s best. All carry NuVal’s top score of 100.

  • In-season fruits are perfect in a fresh fruit salad, served in pies and muffins, eaten fresh or blended with ice and lemonade.
    • Raspberries – Try red, black and blue.
    • Blueberries – They are high in antioxidants.
    • Peaches – Look for ripe-from-the-tree varieties.
  • In-season vegetables are fresh-from-the-field through September and can be juiced, grilled or sliced in salads.
    • Tomatoes – Blend tomatoes with raspberries, strawberries, brown sugar and ice for a fruit juice with a zing.
    • Peppers, onions – Roast or skewer them with grilled meat, fish or poultry.
    • Sweet corn – Corn gets sweeter as the season progresses from August to September.
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