Shop Smart for Fruits and Veggies

HealthyWP0301Eating healthy is easy even if you’re on a budget.  You just need to shop smart.  There are many low-cost ways to get the recommended amount of fruits and veggies.   ChooseMyPlate.gov has put together a great list of tips.  We’ve picked our 3 favorites, but for the entire list click here.

  • Celebrate The Season – Use fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season.  They are easy to get, have more flavor and are usually less expensive.  Your local farmer’s market is a great source of seasonal produce. 
  • Keep It Simple – Buy veggies and fruits in their simplest form.  Pre-cut, pre-washed, ready-to-eat and processed foods are convenient but are often much more expensive then their basic forms.
  • Plant Your Own – Start a garden – in your yard or in pots on your deck – for fresh, inexpensive and flavorful additions to meals.  Herbs, cucumbers, peppers or tomatoes are good options for beginners.
    • Visit Our Whole Community for locations on local community gardens and for information on how to start your own garden.