I LOVE me some (actually, all) veggies, but I’m aware that not all produce is created equal. What kind (organic vs. non-organic) of produce can make a big difference, as can WHEN you buy produce. Buying in-season is one of the best things you can do for your health. Why? Because the produce is cheaper, tastes better, has a higher nutritional value, and is more environmentally friendly. What else more could you want? So the next time you visit the grocery store or your local farmer’s market, look for these in-season fruits and veggies!
1. Bell Peppers
Although they are almost always available, bell peppers are considered to be “in-season” from July – September. They are chock full of Vitamins A, C, E, and B6. The possibilities for eating them are endless, but some of my favorite ways are to snack on them with hummus, stick them on a kebab and grill them, or sauté them and use them in tacos!
My (and probably yours too) personal favorite fat in existence! In my book, you can put avocado on anything and it won’t be out of place: toast, tacos, pasta, salad, even some desserts (yes, you read that correctly; check out this recipe). They are often available but are truly in season right now!
Random fact of the day: leeks are actually a relative of the lily. They kinda look like oversized green onions. Their mild but sweet flavor is perfect for soup, or an addition to many other dishes!
Beets are earthy in flavor and are a good source of B vitamins, iron, and potassium (more like potassi-YUM am I right?!). Not to mention they are one beautiful piece of produce! As for preparing beets, check out this recipe for Baked Rosemary Beet Chips from the Minimalist Baker. It only takes 30 minutes!