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postheadericon Fruits – When are Your Favorite Fruits in Season?

Fruits

Fruits are Yummy!

Fruits

Eating a variety of fruits is a really great idea. I used to only eat one or two fruits – banana and an apple – because they were easy to grab and eat on the go. Although eating a little bit of fruit is better than eating no fruits at all, I always wanted to eat more as well as a variety of fruits. Nowadays, I eat more fruits, yay! I finally expanded my fruit selection by experimenting here and there, and find that I tend to like the more popular types of fruits – apple (green and red), banana, grapes (green and red), grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, cantaloupe, papaya, pear, tangerine, plum, and all types of berries. I especially like to buy a variety and make a fruit bowl – delicious! Even though the availability of fruits can vary greatly depending on your particular region, there are still usually lots of fruit choices due to the fact that most foods travel by truck to get to the store for retail sale. Unfortunately, food milesare a major cause of pollution making it a great idea to buy any and all foods you can that are local to your particular area. Fruit makes a great healthy breakfast! Eat a variety of fruits for lots of great nutrition or add them on top or on the side of your breakfast plate. Currently, my favorite fruit is blackberries. What’s yours?

Fruits in Season

January oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, tangelos, lemons, papayas February oranges, tangelos, grapefruit, lemons, papayas March pineapples, mangoes, April pineapples, mangoes, May cherries, pineapples, apricots June watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apricots July watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums August watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, apricots, kiwi, raspberries, plums September grapes, pomegranates, persimmons, eggplants, pumpkins, tomatoes October cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes November cranberries, oranges, tangerines, pears, pomegranates, persimmons December pears, oranges, tangelos, grape fruit, tangerines, papayas, pomegranates, *If you can’t find your favorite fruits in season to buy, try buying them frozen. When fruits are frozen, they are flash-frozen, which keeps the nutritional elements intact.

postheadericon Vegetables – When are Your Favorite Vegetables in Season?

vegetables

Vegetables are good for you!

Vegetables

Eating vegetables are really important to staying healthy and strong. They contain a number of nutrients that are very beneficial to your health, making vegetables an important part of your everyday diet. Although buying your food local is a really great idea, it is simply not always possible. Not every city or town has access to a Farmers Market, even though they are becoming more and more popular making buying local (which equals fresh!) much easier to do. When you visit the supermarket to buy your fresh vegetables, there’s simply no telling how long ago they were picked, where they came from, and what kind of pesticides were used. When you visit your local Farmers Market, you know everything is super fresh (probably picked that very morning!), and can talk directly to the farmer who can answer each and every question you have about a particular food. Additionally, ask for a recipe or two, they will be glad to share!

Vegetables in Season

Vegetables are grown in a variety of places all over the country/world. Be sure to know when your favorite vegetables are in season so you can buy them when they are at their very best!

Vegetables in Season

January cabbages, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower February broccoli, cauliflower March broccoli, lettuce April zucchini, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce May okra, zucchini, rhubarb, artichokes, asparagus, spring peas, broccoli, lettuce June corn, lettuce July cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash, corn, green beans, lettuce August cucumbers, corn, eggplant, tomatoes, summer squash, green beans, lettuce September eggplants, pumpkins, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce October sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, broccoli, spinach, lettuce November broccoli, pumpkins, winter squash, mushrooms, spinach, sweet potatoes December broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, sweet potatoes Good to Know If you want to buy and eat a particular vegetable that is not is season, check to see if it is available in the frozen section. When foods are frozen, all their nutritional qualities are locked in, making this a great second choice when it comes to buying your favorite vegetables. Enjoy!

postheadericon Breakfast Sandwiches – Eat at Home or On the Go!

Make a Healthy Breakfast to take with you! Making a Breakfast Sandwich is a great way to let the kids help you when making breakfast, or choose to take your food with you if/when running late. Coming Soon!!