Get your daily allowance of fruits and veggies with these shopping suggestions.
It's Fruits and Veggies 'More Matters' Month, which is a public initiative encouraging everyone to eat their fruits and vegetables every day. You should be eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day. However, nearly 90 percent of American don't eat the daily recommended amount.
Increase your consumption with improved shopping skills. Here are some tips to make shopping for fruits and vegetables easier and more cost effective.
Go with the season
Buy the produce that is in season so the product is fresh and has more flavor. For example, in the fall apples are plentiful, driving down the cost.
Find local farmers
By buying local, the food has less distance to travel. This means the produce is fresh and, in some cases, costs less.
Buy fruits and veggies in their natural form
Instead of buying bagged salad, purchase a head of lettuce. In most cases, buying pre-cut produce is more expensive. However, if paying for the convenience is an easier way to get your family to eat fresh, by all means, go for it.
If you are sticking to the idea of buying fresh, buy smaller amounts more often. Certain vegetables and fruits don't last long, even in the fridge. Find a store that is easily accessible on your way home from work.
Although fresh should be your first choice, there are a lot of delicious choices in the frozen and canned food aisle you stock in your pantry and freezer. When selecting canned fruit, find those that are packed in juice and not sugary syrups. For vegetables, buy low-sodium canned versions.
Remember, you don't always have to buy your fruits and veggies from a stand or store. Consider growing your own.
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