Just as we avoid unhealthy snacks by keeping them out of our cupboards, the best way to eat more fruits and vegetables, is to make sure they’re always within reach!
Start with your staples - carrots, celery, radishes, fresh peas - As soon you’re home from the market, cut off their ends, peel the carrots, shuck the peas, and store them in airtight containers in the fridge. Slightly submerge the carrots, radishes and celery in water to keep them from drying out. Stack the containers front and foremost in your fridge where you’ll be reminded to eat them. We’ve all had the experience of buying vegetables only to discover them decaying at the bottom of the vegetable bin - They won’t serve you there!
Watermelon - It’s a summer classic. But how often have you left one sitting on the counter, passing it up for the chips or crackers because it’s just such a hassle?
Once again, break it open as soon as you get home, slice it, cube it, remove the rind - chill it in the fridge - you’ll be surprised how fast it goes!
Peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums - Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and grapes - keep seasonal table fruits displayed on counter tops. Their enticing aroma will be hard to resist - Eat them up! They’re lovely and perishable, so don’t give them special status. Enjoy them. They’re healthy and delicious.
It’s important to eat fruits and vegetables fresh. Their peak nutritional value is just after they’re picked. As beautiful as they are, it can be easy to overbuy fruit. Don’t fret. Just wash and slice and freeze whatever you can’t eat. Fresh frozen fruit makes wonderful smoothies and are a delicious replacement for ice cubes in cool summer drinks. Buy carrots with their tops on. If the greens are fresh, so is the carrot. Nothing can replace the taste of a hot vine ripe tomato!
With such great produce available all summer - It’s the perfect time to try something new. Challenge yourself to eat the unfamiliar. You won’t know if you like it, unless you try it! It may soon discover you’ve got a new favorite!