Eating fresh, healthy, and being ecofriendly are not always easy to do, especially on a budget. Being supermarket savvy and buying seasonal produce are smart ways to save green in your wallet and your planet! Use these tips to make this season healthy, happy, and cost efficient.
Eat Seasonally: Purchasing produce in season is fresh, nutritious, tasty, and less expensive! Support your local farmers market, open spring through fall, and reduce your ecological footprint! Save gas and money while enjoying delicious seasonal foods.
Eat the Rainbow: Fruits and vegetables contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Quite often, the color of our produce can tell us its benefits. Vitamin A, for example, is usually found in red and orange produce. Vitamin C is usually found in green produce or citrus. To maximize vitamin and mineral absorption, make your plate look like the rainbow! Try to eat many different colors throughout your day.
In With the New: If you ever find yourself craving new flavors, be adventurous! Pick up a new fruit or vegetable each time you shop. You may find a new favorite! Some delicious fruits that are currently in season include apricots, pomelos, mango, kumquats, honey dew melon and much more!
Spring is Salad Season!
- Spring weather is infamous for drastic weather changes within the week. Salads can be refreshing or can warm your tummy depending on preparation.
- Crank up the heat in your salad by adding warm dressing, freshly grilled chicken, and sautéed mushrooms with a squeeze of lemon for vitamin C.
- On a hot day, add an extra burst of hydration and flavor by incorporating sliced strawberries or citrus, and nuts for crunch.
- Stock up and try a different combination of seasonal fruits and veggies at every meal!
Sources: Center for Urban Education about Sustainability. Eat Seasonally, United States Department of Agriculture, Montgomery County Maryland,. LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.