Save on Seasonal Produce in December
Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am
Lots of people search for ways to save money on groceries. One way to do that is with coupons. The problem, though, is that most of the coupons are for packaged, processed, foods. Did you know that produce is cheaper to buy when it is in season than when it is not? You can save money if you know when to purchase certain types of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are wonderful! They are healthy choices for snacks and they can be used in a variety of tasty meals. Produce that is in season is going to be cheaper than that same food will be when it is out of season. This is because when foods are out of season you end up paying for the usual price plus the cost of transporting it to the grocery store. Local produce, on the other hand, doesn’t have to travel as far to get to the store. It is also easily accessible from your local farmers’ market.
Here is a quick list of produce that is in season – and on sale – in December. Print this out and bring it with you when you go grocery shopping this month.
Apples – Great for a healthy school lunch snack
Lemons – A key ingredient for Lemon Bars
Oranges – Cut them into slices, and you have another healthy school lunch snack
Broccoli – Add some chicken and make a stir fry
Cabbage – Saute chopped cabbage with bacon for a tasty and healthy meal
Carrots – Also makes a healthy school lunch snack
Cauliflower – Mash these into some mashed potatoes and picky eaters will never know!
Celery – Add some peanut butter and raisins, and you have “Ants on a Log”
Mushrooms – Add this to the stir fry with the chicken and broccoli
Onions – There are so many different meals that require chopped onions!
Potatoes – Who doesn’t love potatoes?
Sweet Potatoes – Make them into sweet potato fries
Swiss Chard – A favorite food of people who use juicers to make healthy drinks
Winter Squash – Spaghetti Squash can be made into a gluten free alternative to noodles