By Brandi Koskie - DietsInReview.com
Who doesn't love the crisp, sweet and fresh-tasting produce that is available during the spring and summer? It makes healthy eating even more enticing! When you've spent months bundled up during the winter eating heavy comfort foods, eating the first picks of the spring harvest can be quite refreshing. These fruits and vegetables are, of course, best when fresh, and at their peak.
This year, consider eating the freshest produce possible, by eating seasonally and locally. The benefits are numerous: supports local farmers and thus the local economy, it reduces your carbon footprint by limiting the miles traveled from farm to plate, and the flavor is incomparable.
You can eat seasonally and locally in a number of ways:
- Try container gardening if you're in an urban area. You can build a small garden in your suburban backyard or terrace, and grow family favorites.
- Visit your local farmers market, where you'll not only find fresh produce but also farm-fresh eggs, herbs, and local meats.
- Join a CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and pay into a local farmer's crop to receive fresh produce and more each week.
If you want to start eating seasonally right now, the in-season produce for May includes mango, honeydew melon, asparagus, collard greens, spinach, and snow peas.
Enjoy these fresh fruits and vegetables in some of these delicious and healthy recipes.
Chilled Asparagus Soup with Lemon Pesto
Marinated Asparagus Tomatoes and Shallots
Watermelon Honeydew Kabobs with Honey Lime Dressing
Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken with Warm Mango Salsa