Summer is (almost) here, and with it comes a bounty of in-season fruits and vegetables!
Whether you’re trying to save money, be a more sustainable eater, or looking to eat a little healthier, eating seasonally is the key.
Plus, in-season produce is usually more vibrant and flavorful than when it’s out of season and has to be shipped from long distances.
So let’s take a look at what fruits and vegetables you should be filling your grocery basket up with this month!
Fruits and vegetables are the center of any healthy diet. From the Mediterranean eating pattern to low-carb diets, like paleo and Whole30, produce provides essential vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting compounds.
If you’re looking to eat healthier, rather than focusing on what to cut out, I always recommend simply trying to eat more fruits and vegetables. Besides getting more nutrition, I find focusing on what to add rather than take away fosters a much healthier relationship with food.
When it comes to in-season produce, it’s important to remember that what’s in season will vary greatly by where you live. The list below includes foods that are seasonal for Colorado, but your farmers markets may have different selections if you live in New England or the southern US.
One of my favorite tools for figuring out what’s in season near you is the Seasonal Food Guide. You just enter your state, time of year, press enter, and it gives you an interactive list of what’s in season in your area.
This month you’ll find plenty of leafy greens and berries at your local farmer’s market. Spring vegetables like rhubarb and asparagus are also still at their peak, while more summery options like cherries and peppers will start to peak towards the end of the month and into the heart of summer.
With so many fruits and vegetables coming into peak season, it was hard narrowing down to just four. As I’m always trying to be better about eating enough leafy greens throughout the week, I’ll be featuring both kale and spinach. Then, to sweeten up the rest of the month, we’ll cover beets (one of my favorites!) and cherries.
If you haven’t made it yet, be sure to check out this Healthier Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp before rhubarb season is over!
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