By Kaila Stencil, Food WIse Nutrition Educator Kewaunee County
Let’s take an honest look at a part of healthy eating that is a challenge for many of us—eating more fruits and vegetables. Why don’t we eat more of them? Why is it hard to get our children and other family members to eat them?
Half of our plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables because they are so important to our health. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from some chronic illnesses.
Here are ideas for getting the most from your budget when shopping for fruits and vegetables.
- Check the newspaper or go online for sales, specials and coupons. Look for fresh fruits and vegetables “in season”. Fruits and vegetables have the best flavor and usually are at their lowest price when they are in season. Obviously, the cold Wisconsin winters make for a short list of seasonal fruits and vegetables. However, some items in season right now may include storage crops such as beets, cabbage, carrots, squash, potatoes and onions.
- Consider sales and specials on canned and frozen fruits and vegetables too. They are often less expensive than fresh, and just as good for you. They are convenient, too, so they are on hand when you need them. Try store brands. You will get the same or similar product for a cheaper price.
- When they are on sale, buy larger quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables you use often. Some examples – onions, potatoes, and apples. Fruits and vegetables sold in larger bags are usually cheaper and can be stored for quite a while.