Marching to Good Health With Produce
By Donna Stark
You know that February is the month of love but do you also know that March is the month of fruits and vegetables? OK, well not just fruits and vegetables, but it is National Nutrition Month, and produce is one of the best ways to fill your body with all of the vitamins and nutrients it needs! So, are you ready to challenge yourself this year by adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals throughout the week? If so, take a look at the following tips on how to make that happen as easily and inexpensively as possible.
Saving at the Store
Whether money is tight in your household or not, there are always ways to save it when shopping for produce at your grocery store. Here are a few ideas on how to do so.
- Check out your supermarket's weekly sales
- Look for online coupons for frozen and canned items
- Open yourself up to trying new things if something you don't normally buy is on sale
- Buy produce in bulk and share with a friend or family member
Keeping Produce Fresh
The next step after purchasing and bringing your produce home is to keep it fresh so that you can enjoy it for as long as possible! After all, there is nothing worse than walking into your kitchen and seeing it had gone bad. Here are some tips on how to maintain freshness and flavor.
- Know where each item should be stored (refrigerator, dark pantry, or counter)
- Designate a produce section in your refrigerator so items aren't forgotten about
- Keep fruits and vegetables visible so you will be more likely to eat them first
- Freeze produce that is on its way to spoiling
Fill Your Plate
When you hear the recommendations on how much produce you should eat every day, your head may spin because it sounds like a lot! But with small changes to your dietary behaviors, you can reach that goal quite easily. Take a look.
- Clean and prep your produce as soon as you bring it home so it is easy to grab for a snack
- Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at mealtime
- Add fruits and vegetables to what you normally eat (vegetables to your eggs, fruit on your oatmeal)
- Start your day with a smoothie packed with several servings of produce
Marching to Good Health
National Nutrition Month couldn't have come at a better time. The holidays are over and all the chocolate from Valentine's Day has been eaten so nothing is stopping you from establishing new healthy habits. But remember ... it is equally as important to maintain those new habits throughout the rest of the year as well!
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