How to Eat Fruits and Veggies Year Round
On the first day of January, you launched a healthy eating plan. Desperate to drop some pounds, you desire to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine. Due to your busy schedule, you want to avoid canning and pickling produce. You also worry buying fresh fruits and vegetables will break your bank. If you can relate to this situation, consider adhering to the following two tips.
Indulge In Seasonal Produce
Discouraged, many people assume they can’t afford to buy healthy foods. This false notion often leads them to fill their bodies with processed, convenience foods. When grocery shopping on a budget, fill your cart with seasonal produce. Fruits and vegetables in season are typically more affordable than those out of season. For instance, winter is a great time of the year to purchase:
- Collard greens
- Sweet potatoes
Due to reduced transportation costs, locally grown produce can be a bargain. When buying fruits and vegetables locally, you can also feel good about financially supporting your community.
Stock Up on Canned and Frozen Varieties
In addition to seasonal produce, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are budget friendly. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak ripeness. Immediately, they’re cleaned, sorted and flash frozen to preserve their nutrients and delicious flavor. When shopping for canned and frozen produce, be wary of added salt and sugar. Opt for foods packed in water or their own juices. Look for products containing little to no added sodium.
Fruits and vegetables contain relatively few calories. Therefore, filling your plate with produce at mealtimes can promote weight loss. Armed with the right tools, you can enjoy indulging in delicious produce all year long. To learn more about how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your menu plan, consider arranging a free, initial consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you today.
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