With warmer temperatures around the corner, it’s a great time to “spring clean” your diet. Think lighter, healthier eats focusing on IN-SEASON fruits and vegetables. Seasonal produce saves you money because it is more abundant PLUS the nutritional value is maxed out because it is picked at peak ripeness!!
So, what’s in-season this Spring?
Focus on… apricots, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, green beans, kiwis, mangos, mushrooms, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, and turnips. Find new recipes that highlight these items and use these items to build your weekly grocery list.
So, where do you get your best produce?
Farmer’s markets offer cheap and fresh fruits and veggies & you also get to support the local community. There are also home delivery services for fresh produce like Imperfect Produce & Hungry Harvest. These companies take away the effort of having to physically shop but still allow you to eat a variety of foods week after week. You can even try growing your own produce garden. Not only is this a rewarding experience, but you can save money and get a variety in your own backyard. Overwhelmed by the idea of building a garden? Start easy with herbs – you can even grow these in your windowsills. Lastly, if you love grocery shopping like I do, you can also go to your favorite grocery stores to shop the seasonal deals! I enjoy looking at the sales papers before shopping to see what produce is available, and I plan our meals around those choices!
So, how to get the family involved?
Have young kids? Let them choose a vegetable or fruit to take home and try, or plan a dish around it. Make it an “all hands on deck” moment in the kitchen. Recruit people to help with the meal prep – washing, rinsing, slicing, cooking, or storing. When your family, spouse, roommate, or friends get involved, it can make cooking and spring eating fun!