Here’s How Eating Seasonally Will Help You Waste Less Food
Raise your hand if you’ve ever experienced the shame of throwing out an entire head of lettuce (or eggplant, or spinach…) that you swore you would use when you bought it?
No judgments here, guys…
Most of us have experienced the sensory overload that is the produce section of our local grocery store or farmer’s market.
Everything is so colorful and good-for-you and perfect for that recipe you pinned the other day…
So, we excitedly fill our carts and baskets and chic reusable bags with piles of vibrant fruits and vegetables.
We fantasize about unpacking and organizing our healthy haul, confident that this is the week we finally turn our #fridgegoals into reality.
This is the week we finally get around to using all that fresh food before it inevitably goes bad and starts taunting us from our countertops and refrigerator compartments.
I think we all know how this story ends…
Cue: nervous, I-really-don’t-want-to-relate-but-I-totally-do-relate laughter.
So, where did we go so (so) wrong?
Simple…we complicated things.
We overestimated our time.
And we ignored the one easy strategy that can help us be less wasteful and more intentional about fresh food…
Selecting in-season fruits and vegetables is a simple, effective way to avoid wasteful habits like over-buying food you’ll eventually throw out, and over-spending on imported produce.
Eating seasonally also helps ensure that you and your family are enjoying the tastiest, most nutrient-dense foods available, since in-season options tend to be grown locally and harvested at their peak freshness.
Simplicity is the name of the game, folks…
Focusing on produce that’s in-season just makes sense because it takes the guesswork (not to mention, the supermarket-sweeps level of stress…) out of the equation. It’s a simple habit to get into…just a little online research before heading out for groceries will do the trick!
And for all you overachievers who really want to save time and streamline things, you can even sign up for a local produce delivery service, which automates seasonal eating while supporting local farmers.
So…are you ready to show that produce aisle who’s boss?
Here are some of our favorite soon-to-be-in-season fruits and vegetables to get you started:
Whether it’s seasonal eating, setting reminders to drink more water, or pre-paying for workout classes, we’re always looking for creative ways to make healthy choices that save us time and set us up for success.
Let us know in the comments what tools and habits you use to help simplify your wellness routine.
…and remember to look out for tomorrow’s email!