As the leaves change colors and the temperatures drop, it is time to welcome fall flavors. This season offers an abundance of fresh and flavorful produce, from hearty root vegetables to succulent apples and pears. Fall fruits, fall vegetables, and fall herbs take center stage at this time of year, making it perfect for long-simmered soups, sauces, braising, baking, and other forms of cooking that the heat prevented us from enjoying in the summer. If you want to make the most of what you will find in Cash Saver’s produce section this fall, look no further as we share with you what fall produce is now featured at Cash Saver.
For a healthy diet, adults should eat two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables daily. Studies have shown that only 9% of adults eat the recommended amount of daily vegetables, and only 12% get enough fruit.
If you have been grocery shopping lately, you may have noticed that the price of groceries is going up. Many people are looking for ways to cut costs from their grocery bills. The first thing to ask yourself is, “Where am I shopping?” and second, “Are there cheaper options out there?” At Cash Saver, our promise to you is this, “You will save on groceries!” Here is the difference when you shop at Cash Saver:
Being prepared for extra time at home is wise during this season of life. However, it’s very different than hoarding or excessive impulse buying. The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds us that our food supply chains remain strong. However, it leaves many people asking how much is enough to be prepared? The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that people keep enough food, medicine, and personal essentials to make it through two weeks. That way if quarantine or isolation is necessary you are prepared to spend that time at home safely.
Here are foods to keep stocked for a healthy pantry:
SHELF STABLE PRODUCTS
Healthy items such as olive oil, nuts, dried fruits, your favorite dried spices, beans, and nut butters are a must to have on hand. Canned or boxed soups, protein bars, and a variety of canned produce would also come in handy.
When purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables consider buying ones that last longer such as squash, apples, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
The best grains to keep stocked would be oats, quinoa, brown rice, and whole-grain pasta.
When it comes to protein, two weeks of meat should fit in most freezers but eggs are an excellent choice for a quality lean protein that has an extended shelf life.
June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only 1 in 10 Americans consumes the recommended daily requirement for fruit and vegetables. It’s recommended that adults consume 1.5 to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables. Multiple studies show that eating a diet rich in produce can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and some cancers. Fruits and veggies also provide lots of fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals plus disease-fighting antioxidants.
Here are three easy ways to start enjoying more produce on a daily basis:
- Try to eat a fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack.
- Keep yourself well stocked with produce. As you make a grocery list, plan to purchase salad ingredients for the week or buy extra frozen veggies if you won’t be able to grocery shop on a weekly basis.
- Look for local fruits and vegetables from your local grocer. The summer months provide a great opportunity to enjoy seasonal favorites.
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