- Shop at Farmer’s Markets – they’re a wonderful place to find fresh, organic, and locally grown produce.
- Join a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture. They typically provide a basket of seasonal produce each week in exchange for a monthly or yearly fee. Some CSAs even deliver to your home!
- Always wash your produce in fruit/vegetable wash or a homemade water & vinegar solution (3 cups water and 1 cup distilled white vinegar).
- Smoothies are a great way to get lots of fruits and veggies into a small package. Try blending your favorite raw veggies and fruits with coconut water and a couple of drops of liquid stevia. Add a tablespoon or two of almond butter for a creamy, protein-packed drink.
- Sauté greens and use them as a “base” underneath your main dish, over or instead of pasta or rice. It makes a nice presentation too.
- Roasting brings out the sweetness in vegetables. Root vegetables are particularly good this way. Try dicing sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, beets, and sliced fennel bulb. Toss with olive oil and some Italian seasoning and salt. Roast in single layer in oven at 400° for 30 minutes or until done. Broccoli and cauliflower are also delicious roasted and taste great with minced garlic added.
- Trader Joe’s has a bag of goodness in their produce section, called “Cruciferous Crunch.” Cruciferous vegetables (members of the brassica family) are superfoods! This mixture is shredded cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. I use them in lots of different ways to add color, crunch, and nutrients. Try lightly sautéing and topping your meal with them; or toss them into soups, salads, and casseroles.
- Snacks! Try carrots & hummus, cucumber & smoked salmon dip, jicama & guacamole, or apples & peanut butter.
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