The concept of eating seasonally is one that not only helps reduce your environmental footprint, but it’s one that can actually help you stay healthier. During the summer, foods like heirloom tomatoes, peaches, and fresh corn may all be on the menu. However, there are some foods you will also want to make sure you avoid.

Undercooked meats

Burgers are a summer staple on the grill, but they are all too easy to undercook. Undercooked ground beef can contain E. coli, so always be sure to properly temp your burgers before serving. Or, you might swap out the burger entirely and choose a veggie burger or portabella mushroom sandwich, which will be easier for your body to digest in the summer heat.

Unwashed greens

Leafy greens are likely the base for your favorite summer salads, but you should always prepare them cautiously. Never consume greens without thoroughly washing in a salad spinner first. You should also have a dedicated cutting board for greens and other veggies to be served raw, so that you avoid potential cross-contamination with foods that will later be cooked.

Out of season fruits and veggies

Even if your supermarket is still carrying citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, asparagus, and other fall and spring fruits and veggies, you should stick to what’s in season. Otherwise, you may be eating foods that were not sustainably grown and that had to travel halfway around the world to get to your plate.

Mayo-based salads

It’s not a backyard barbecue without potato salad, but it’s often best to skip the mayo. Any mayonnaise-based salad dressing will contain eggs, which can spoil easily at warmer temperatures. Instead, try an oil and mustard-based potato salad, like this French Potato Salad from Ina Garten.

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