How to Pick the Freshest Produce

The grocery store is full of both the best and the worst foods for your body. We’ve all heard the advice to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store (where the produce, meat, eggs, and dairy are all kept) and avoid the aisles that hold the more processed goods like chips, drinks, pop-tarts or cake mix. There’s more to be learned about the MOST nutritious foods however!

First of all, choosing the right grocery store can make a huge difference in nutritional quality of your produce. High quality grocery stores should have a wide array of varieties, fresh, regularly managed produce, and feature local growers whenever possible. Shop at farmers markets and roadside stands when available. These will be the freshest way to enjoy food straight from the ground. Some farmers pick their produce the very day they are sold, talk about superior nutrition!

Lastly, go to the grocery store every few days. Shopping a few times a week can help ensure you are eating produce when it’s freshest and avoid spoilage. The longer that lettuce sits in your crisper drawer the more nutrients are leaving it!

If you are looking to put your dollar towards the absolute best produce, read on! This is a table of the most nutritious vegetables and fruits. It will explain how to pick the freshest produce; which varieties you should look for and tips to ensure you are picking the best of the bunch!

This list is not a complete list of the things you should eat for good health! Rather, this table can be a great guide when menu planning and grocery shopping. Once you start choosing the best varieties, you’ll find that food can become your medicine. For some ways to include some of the most nutritious produce, try these recipes!

Sesame Chicken Salad
Stewed Apricots with Coconut Granola

Hayley is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, a part-time yoga teacher, and full-time mother. She is passionate about health, nature, and empowering others to reach their full health potential. She works as a health coach, nutrition writer, recipe developer and group fitness instructor. She is energetic and passionate about delicious food and promoting health of the body, mind, and spirit. She hopes to inspire others to eat closely to the way that nature intended, capitalizing on the amazing benefits of whole, unprocessed foods. Follow her posts for nutrition advice and delicious recipes!

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