How to Buy and Store Fruits and Vegetables


Woman Making a Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

Because many fresh fruits and vegetable go bad quickly, a lot of people opt to buy canned or frozen produce instead. This is not bad in itself as many canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are healthy and good for you but there are a few couple of things you need to keep in mind. Always check the package label before buying cans or frozen produce packages. Many food manufacturers add sugar and/or sodium, two ingredients that are bad for you if you want to lose weight and stay healthy. Look for foods that either do not contain added ingredients or wash the ingredients off before you cook them.

Pick Produce with a Long Shelf Life

Whenever possible, shop for fresh fruits and vegetables that have a long shelf life. These include carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, grapes, apples, oranges and grapefruits. You can also freeze certain fruits and vegetables that may go off quickly such as bananas, strawberries and cooked greens. Bananas can be peeled, cut and then frozen in a plastic container and other produce can simply be cut (if desired) placed in a receptacle and then put in the freezer.

Drink a Smoothie Instead of a Soda

You can also prevent your fresh fruits and vegetables from rotting by making an effort to include them more in your daily diet. Carrot sticks, celery sticks and other vegetables make great snacks; simply cut them up, put them in a zip-lock bag and take them with you to the office. Homemade fruit smoothies and green shakes are easy to make treats that can easily take the place of soda or other sugary drinks. Vegetables and fruits are some of the healthiest foods around and you won't regret the effort you make to buy the right ones, store them properly and eat them regularly.

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