Visiting local supermarket produce department and farmers market we feel are the best things and we have great intentions of purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables and eating healthy. When we get home, things change, and we find that we do not have time to fix the fresh vegetables dishes that we planned. Well, let us think about how we can bridge this gap from the supermarket or farmers market to the house.
In the supermarket we get excited when we see all the pretty vegetables shining and we think of all the ways that we can fix a great dish. When we are at the farmers market, we think of all the hard work and hours the farmers put forth to grow these wonderful vegetables for our table and we want to support them. We always have good intentions, but maybe we should plan and think about how we will use the vegetables before we purchase them.
If we get home and wash, slice, dice, and pack our vegetables, then we will feel better when we want vegetables for snacks or for packing lunch for ourselves or our families. When we do this, we will feel better about the vegetables that we purchased from the local supermarket or the farmers market.
Why not plan a vegetable with every meal that you prepare? For instance:
Planning our meal this way gives us the daily fiber that we need to fulfill our nutrition needs.
The next time that you go to the local supermarket or farmers market, remember to plan how you are going to use the vegetables that you purchase and not waste the vegetables.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture