Save on Seasonal Produce in December
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Save on Seasonal Produce in December

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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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.

Potatoes
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.

Celery
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.

Cauliflower
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.

Winter Squash
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.

Apples
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
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.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.