Fruits and vegetables can be found all year long fresh, frozen, or even canned. However, when produce is in season, it tastes so much better and can be easier on your wallet. Seasonal produce in your area will vary by growing conditions and weather, so check out a local farmer’s market to find produce grown in your area.
- Buy “in season” produce which often costs less and is at peak flavor. Buy only what you can use before it spoils. For more info check out the Seasonal Produce Guide from SNAP-Ed Connection.
- Choose fruits canned in 100% fruit juice and vegetables with “low-sodium” or “no salt added” on the label. These products are just as nutritious and fresh, and often cost less.
- If you have the freezer space, stock up on frozen vegetables without added sauces or butter. Frozen vegetables are as good for you as fresh and may cost less.
- Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables last much longer then fresh. They can be a quick way to add fruits and vegetables to your meal.
Try some of these recipes to incorporate seasonal produce into your weekly meal planning or take to your next summer meal:
Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta
Start your day with a breakfast twist on classic bruschetta: avocados, tomato, hard-boiled egg, and ricotta with basil atop toasted rustic whole-grain bread.
Spicy Carrots and Squash
This side dish is an excellent way to get your orange vegetables. Vinegar, brown sugar, and spicy mustard combine to give this dish a sweet and tangy taste.
Pineapple Zucchini Cake
Stuffed with fruits and veggies, this hearty cake can be shared after a light lunch or dinner.
Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe Avocado Salsa
Savory sweet salsa featuring cantaloupe and avocado is the perfect complement to grilled shrimp. Grilled Shrimp Cantaloupe Avocado-Salsa