Theme of the Month: Living Healthy On A Budget

Whats-at-Market

You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces

– just good food from fresh ingredients.

~ Julia Child

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Happy April! Did any of you pull an April Fools Trick yesterday? No jokes pulled at my house; I think my husband and I both forgot what day it was.

Well as many of you may have read in my most recent newsletter this month is all about living healthy on a budget.  This month you will see a variety of posts featuring ways to live a healthy, happy life without breaking the bank.  Post will include topics such as grocery shopping, finding inexpensive ways to stay active, homemade natural cleaners and so much more!

To get you started off I wanted to discuss eating seasonally and how you can eat better and save money by doing so.  Eating seasonally means eating the fruits and vegetables that are growing at that time of the year, below is a brief list to get you started. When we eat seasonally we are able to get lots of fruits and vegetables when they are at their peak and therefore they taste their best and they are in an abundance which means they will cost you less!

Think about this: when you head to the grocery store in January do you see strawberries? If you do they are probably going for around $8/quart and they don’t have much of that yummy taste you love.  Now flash forward to July when there are tons of berries available, now you can find strawberries that not only taste amazing but are closer to $4/quart.  See how buying seasonally can save you money?!

At times we are going to have a desire for something that is not in season and that’s okay, many times that will mean paying a little more or sacrificing a little bit of flavor.  However, seasonal eating Can be easy when you know what is in season.  One of the easiest ways to stay on track with seasonal eating is to visit your local farmers market, where farmers are selling their own seasonal produce. Often you can even save a little more money by buying directly from the farmer versus visiting your local grocery store.

Summer
Apricots, Berries, Corn, Peaches, Tomatoes, Pears, Melons, Nectarines, Summer Squash, Plums, Zucchini, Cucumbers and Bell Peppers
Fall
Acorn Squash, Pears, Eggplant, Apples, Pomegranate, Figs, Butternut Squash, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes
Winter
Avocados, Onions, Spinach, Beets, Citrus, Swiss Chard, Parsnips, Carrots, Kale, Potatoes, Collards, Turnip
Spring
Artichokes, Mushrooms, Leeks, Lettuce, Asparagus, Peas, Brussels Sprouts, Radishes, Cabbage, Spinach

For a listing of farmers markets in your area visit Local Harvest.

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