How to Shop at Local Markets this Summer
This week we’re focussing on good Summer nutrition tips as a friendly reminder to live a healthy, timeless lifestyle. This Summer as you’re deciding what to eat and prepping food, be mindful of the benefits of shopping at local farmers market. We’re digging into exactly how to shop nutrient packed foods and the benefits of shopping at local farmers markets.
First, before you run off to your market, it’s important to do some research and learn what the locally grown foods are in your area. Do a little google search to determine what type of local food you should be looking for at your local markets.
Also, especially when it comes to fruit and vegetables, it’s important to note what foods are in season in your region. Shopping In season foods will ensure you are picking food at their peak nutrient density. If a food is not in season and it is stocked at your local grocery store/super market, be aware that the food item was most likely picked and shipped prior to reaching it’s peak nutrients. If you are still searching for the item, at this point it’s better to buy the frozen fruit or vegetable alternative. A quick hack to avoid buying food out of season is to prepare a grocery list prior to your trip and plan meals around what food is in season.
There of course is nothing wrong with just popping in your local market to grab snacks and grab-and-go items. When you are shopping at a local market for snacks grab easy to eat fruit, such as strawberries, carrots, celery, apples, and bananas.
If you are looking to also shop meats at your local market be on the lookout for grass fed cows. If you don’t see it stated anywhere, then ask. Try to keep your meat proportions to the size of your palm. Pair your market meats with in season, fresh vegetables seasoned lightly with salt + pepper.
The benefits of shopping at local markets include finding nutrient packed foods that are in season. Plan your summer foods to eat ahead of time by using these Summer nutrition tips. Want some extra inspiration? Join our community (thestudioease.com/contribute) and check out a few of our favorite Summer recipes on Pinterest.
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