With our modern grocery stores, it’s easy to find just about anything at any time of the year but eating fruits and vegetables that are in season, where we live has good benefits.
- Eating seasonally and focusing on produce that is in season, especially grown locally, tends to have higher nutrient density and typically taste better. Often large agricultural operations use ripening agents when produce is grown “out of season” which can lead to less nutrients and less flavor than when fruits and vegetables are naturally ripened, grown and picked in season.
- Sticking to local produce is better for the environment due to the transportation of produce from other parts of the country or outside even the US.
- Lastly, eating what is in season is cheaper! You can usually find what is in season in your state or region with a quick google search or check out your local farm stands. Most grocery stores will also label or display produce as locally grown.
I have been enjoying the fall Colorado grown apples, pears and winter squashes recently! Maybe not local to northern parts of the US, but some wonderful winter produce ideas include:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Citrus fruits – like grapefruits, oranges, clementines
- Beets and other root vegetables
- Cruciferous vegetables – kale, broccoli, cauliflower
- Winter Squashes
Try adding these to your diet this winter. I love roasting a bunch of veggies on a big sheet pan to have for the week to add to salads, egg scrambles or just to eat on their own. I’m always looking for creative ways to use produce that I can also incorporate into great leftovers!
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