Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 7:00 am
Keep your family healthy and strong in December by feeding them fresh, in season, produce. The best time to buy fresh, rather than frozen, produce is when it is in season. The reason is you can buy seasonal produce at a lower price than if you buy it out of season.
Everybody loves potatoes! There are so many different varieties to choose from. Potatoes, with the skin on them, have Vitamin C, potassium, and Vitamin B6.
Some options for using potatoes include: baked potatoes, homemade french fries, potato pancakes, and homemade hash browns.
Chopped celery is one ingredient in potato salad. It is also good in soups, and for adding some crunch to a salad. Children might enjoy eating small pieces of fresh celery stalk filled with peanut butter.
You can swap out rice for riced cauliflower in many meals. It is easy to hide small pieces of cauliflower in a macaroni and cheese dish (especially if you buy the orange colored cauliflower). Some people bake a seasoned Cauliflower in the oven and enjoy the crisp, savory, treat.
There are many types of winter squash, including: acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash. All of them are in season during December.
You can turn spaghetti squash into long strips and swap out the spaghetti noodles in a meal. Small squashes can be cut into chunks and added into a casserole or served as a side dish.
What’s your favorite kind of apple? December is a good month to purchase them as snacks. While some varieties of apples are great for snacking, others are better for cooking or baking. Cold, winter, weather makes people want hot foods like apple cider or baked apples.
Citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and mandarins are in season in December. Each is a good source of Vitamin C. Grapefruits are a go-to breakfast food. Oranges can be juiced and added to a smoothie.