Made You This: Seasonal Produce Printable
It’s the inaugural weekend of our local farmers market here in Ogden, Utah. That means we’re on the cusp of the BEST time of year (for many reasons including produce selection). In celebration, I want to equip you with a lil printable:
The Seasonal Produce Printable!
This is a concise guide you can use to plan your meal prep recipes for the upcoming week using what’s in season. These are some reasons why choosing seasonal produce is a good idea.
Our bodies love it.
Summer foods like stone fruits provide us with extra beta-carotene and other carotenoids that help protect us against sun damage—how cool is that? Summer fruits are naturally sweet and provide quick energy for outdoor activities. Summer vegetables like peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and fresh herbs all taste great raw.
In the winter, nature provides foods like citrus which are high in Vitamin C which helps to prevent infections (i.e. winter cold and flu!) Winter vegetables are dense and hearty; they can be used to make stews, soups, casseroles and other warming meals.
Mama Earth loves it.
Eating seasonally reduces the demand for out-of-season produce which and supports more local produce and farming in your area. This equals less transportation, less refrigeration, less hot houses, and less irradiation of produce.
Seasonal foods are affordable.
If you can find a pineapple in November, it’s gonna cost $6 and taste like garbage.
Seasonal food tastes the best!
Most people know the taste of a juicy mango in the summer or perfectly green asparagus in the spring. When fruits and vegetables are picked at peak season, they have much better flavor—and contain more nutrients.