Cheapest Produce by Month
And since produce is really the key to ANY healthy diet (Paleo, primal, vegan, Mediterranean, whatever! Only those with digestive issues who have legitimate health reasons to avoid too much fiber should stay away), this list is really great. I'll reproduce this month and the following months here on my blog (so as not to just steal the entire article!):
broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms,oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, turnips
broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, oranges, parsnips, rutabagas, tangelos, tangerines, turnips
artichokes, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, parsnips, pineapples, radishes, rutabagas, turnips
So obviously the root veggies and more hardy vegetables are the focus over the winter, as far as affordability. And that is what we eat mostly this time of year in the house. We make lots of squash soups, mashed rutabaga, roasted turnips and various sweet potato sides, Chris also loves kale and is getting me to start to appreciate it, too ;) One of our favorites is a kale and sausage soup during the winter!
You are not going to steer yourself too far off course if you always make sure to include more produce than not. Produce has got tons of nutrition and is usually pretty fibrous/filling, so you can get through your day on less calories when you bulk your meals out with veggies.
I really cannot tell you enough how much this part of my diet was the KEY to my final weight loss (going from about 145 to 123ish). I lost weight initially just cutting calories and working out, but I had to really revamp my diet to get the body I always wanted. When I went Paleo, I didn't use it as an excuse to OMGeatallthemeats, but as a chance to get rid of grains and fill the void with produce. I eat as much produce (mostly vegetable) that I want during the day - tons of lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, green beans, carrots, beets, squash, etc.
I wouldn't be maintaining the weight I am now if I stopped focusing on my veggie consumption!
Time to start my weekend. I woke up at 6 AM even though no alarm was set. I usually wake up at 6:20, so I'm a little miffed I ruined my sleep in day!! Today will be an errand type of day as the weather isn't looking great. Tomorrow will be a outside/hiking type of day :)