With summer comes Farmer’s Markets in most areas of the world, displaying a veritable cornucopia of tasty and healthy treats for you to eat. Try to find the markets in your community and visit the one that works best for your schedule or location. Food that is grown locally is usually picked fresh and ripe. It also isn’t shipped far, so the cost is less. Eating locally is “green” for our environment. Many farmers grow organic fruits and vegetables. Look for those, if possible.
Markets are usually out in the open without much shade or cooling so if heat bothers you, use cooling methods to help you enjoy yourself. Go early in the morning, wear a cooling collar, take water with you, take a mister or maybe take a small umbrella to avoid intense sun. You will need to carry your purchases, so make it easy and avoid fatigue by purchasing a rolling cart for groceries or by using a back pack to distribute the weight better. Remember that most markets require cash, so have that available before you go.
Dietary guidelines suggest we eat three to five servings of vegetables and two to three servings of fruit per day. When you are looking at the variety of vegetables available, try a new one for fun. Many need no preparation at all and can be eaten raw. Some vegetables just need light steaming so are easy to prepare. Fruits are yummy just as is or after peeling.
Fruit and Veggies: More Matters suggest the following:
o Color and texture. Fruits and veggies add color, texture and appeal to your plate.
o Convenience. Nutritious in any form, they’re ready when you are
o Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy
o Low in calories. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories
o May reduce disease risk. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases including heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers
o Vitamins and minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized
o Variety. Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety…there’s always something new to try
o Quick natural snack. They are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack
o Fun to eat. Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel and some you don’t.
o Tastes great
See you at the market.