Create a cheap grocery list with spring foods in season

Springtime produce

Supermarket produce by Flickr i5design

As the temperatures rise, you may find it harder and harder to hang in the kitchen and cook up a meal. Before you turn the takeout window into your second home or overdose on ramen, consider these healthy spring foods.

It’s easy being green

Let’s face it, when it comes to eating, you want it to be fast, easy and cheap. But, that doesn’t mean it has to be bad for you. One way to do this is by eating seasonally since produce is at its cheapest when it’s in season. Not just for hippies anymore, buying fruits and vegetables that are in season gets you great flavor for less.

Springtime fruits and veggies for your grocery list:

  • Apricots
  • Arugula (and other lettuces)
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chard (and most greens)
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwis
  • Leeks
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Salad days

Probably no meal is easier to throw together than a salad. But don’t get caught in the trap of thinking salads are just lettuce and tomatoes. Not in love with veggies? Take a cue from some tricks that moms use with kids. On February 15, 2012, Julie Seguss posted on inhabitots.com “7 Fun, Kid-Friendly Salad Recipes That Go Beyond Iceberg Lettuce,” offering some simple, tasty salad suggestions. If they can please a picky kid, then a sophisticated college student like you is sure to love them!

Suggested ideas incorporated a host of healthy spring recipe choices such as strawberry salad with spinach or hazelnut cherry salad with radishes and lettuce. The rainbow salad allows you to mix and match whatever produce is available, while creating one healthy meal. Best of all, keep your dressing separate from your veggies and you have a pretty portable lunch or dinner.

What are some of your go-to recipes?

 

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