Eat Nutritious Foods and Save Money

Eating seasonal produce allows us to eat the freshest most nutritious foods at the lowest cost.

1.  Eating in season allows us to get the most nutrients out of our food.

The nutritional quality of food deteriorates over time.  Food that is not in season has to travel far to reach us and losses nutrients along the way.  Seasonal foods are at their nutritional peak and taste the freshest.  Think about it, would you rather eat a freshly picked strawberry or a strawberry picked and flown in from across the world?  I vote freshly picked.

2.  Eating in season helps us get a variety of nutrients.

When one food goes out of season another food will come into season.  This is mother nature’s way of mixing up our diets and adding variety so we receive all the important vitamins and minerals we need.

3.  Eating in season saves us money.

Seasonal produce is cheaper since we don’t have to pay the high price of having the food shipped from far away.

Keep an eye out for these spring seasonal produce:

  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Apricots
  • Beets
  • Berries (all)
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Collard Greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Leeks
  • Lemons, Limes
  • Oranges
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Spring Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions
  • Watercress

Seasonal produce still tends to vary based on climate, soil conditions, etc.  So look for the items at the front of the produce section and on sale, which is a little trick I use to quickly spot seasonal produce.  Better yet, go to your local farmer’s market and buy the seasonal produce locally from the farmers who picked them!

Eating seasonal is nature’s way of giving us what we need, when we need it.

Lots of Love,

Renee

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