Seasonal Eats: Spring

How many times have you told yourself you are going to start eating healthier? Then feel overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out what to eat, how to eat it, and stay within your budget? I’ve been there.

I used to prowl the internet (pinterest especially) in search of the most creative, fun, and budget friendly recipes. I found tons of recipes that I wanted to try…but that wasn’t the problem! The problem was looking at the list of ingredients and realizing that most of what the recipe called for was either out of season (and therefore not as budget friendly), something I didn’t like the taste of, or something I couldn’t even pronounce the name of.

What fun is that? It made meal planning and grocery shopping time consuming and extremely stressful for me, so I procrastinated (or just avoided it all together by stopping at a fast food drive- thru window, or my favorite deli that ended up costing me more than I wanted to spend). So there I was, back to square one. Over the years I have fine- tuned my meal planning/grocery shopping process, and learned a few tricks.

Most of these tricks come down to knowing what is in season. If you know what is in season, you can substitute any ingredient for one that you actually like, get your grocery shopping done in half the time (no more wasting time comparing prices), and accomplish your budget goals! **Next week’s blog is all about foods and flavors that compliment each other, so stay tuned, friends!**

I created a list of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season in Wisconsin RIGHT NOW. It is spring here in the midwest at the moment, but don’t worry, I will keep you updated as the seasons change! I hope this makes your shopping and meal planning easier! Do you have any tips on meal planning, grocery shopping, or just food in general? I’d love to hear what works for you! Comment below, and let’s create a positive community that helps each other grow!!

Fruits & Vegetables

March – May

Best DealsIn Season
CabbageBrussels Sprouts
All of these fruits/vegetables are in season. The left column is the most budget friendly. The right column is considered affordable.

Save Those Dollars!

  • Buy fruits and veggies that are in season!
  • Fresh fruits and veggies have better flavor, less additives, and MORE nutrients than fast food or processed foods!
  • Green beans that are in season cost less per serving than canned green beans!

  • Higher costing items are placed on the shelves at eye level. Check the top and bottom shelves for lower prices!
  • Buy swiss and cheddar cheese in bricks. Slicing them at home saves you money on handling and packaging.
  • Save your vegetable trimmings! They add flavor to soups and stews.
  • You can stretch your recipes, get more out of it, and add flavor by adding a little water and a few bouillon cubes.

We’re all in this together!

I’m Lindsay. A writer, photographer, nutritionist, old soul, and flower child at heart. I love food and I have absolutely no problem admitting it. The healthy food and the not-so-good/ “this is why my pants don’t fit anymore” type food. I spend all day long learning about nutrition, but I will still drool over a chocolate donut with my morning coffee. Forever. It’s just who I am.
Recently though, over the last few years, my relationship with food has changed a lot. Becoming aware of what I put in my body is now extremely important to me. I spent most of my childhood and high school years feeling sick, drained of energy, and wishing there was something or someone who could fix it. I went to so many doctors and dermatologists, but none of them wanted to address the real problem. As a result, I usually ended up just pushing through and ignoring what my body was telling me. It took years before I started to listen to my body again and started making real changes. It was a blessing that I finally did.

Waking up feeling refreshed and ready for anything is a priority to me. Having enough energy to get through the day is a priority to me. Being happy is a priority to me, and it’s all possible when you give your body the right tools. I don’t remember exactly how it happened at first, but one day I woke up and realized that living on the edge, stuffing my body full of junk was not giving me the results I wanted (or lets be honest, needed). I owed it to myself to make a change. I was sick of feeling like I was just getting by. I wanted to feel comfortable and “at home” in my body again.

So, here I am. On a mission. A mission to learn more about the food I’m putting in my body, where I can get more of the “good stuff”, how I can use it as a tool to work FOR me, and how to just- if anything- make it taste some-what good! I can’t wait to fill you in on all of the stories along my way. It’s going to be juicy! ( And I won’t leave anything out.) Promise!