By Tracey Hall
Meat Free Monday is a good day to talk about the fresh fruit and vegetables to use in the month of January. When we eat food in season we get extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Not only is this healthy, it’s good for the environment. Seasonal food means that it is most likely local and less transportation is needed. This is also beneficial for our local farmers and our local economy.
The best nourishment comes when we get fresh food because the produce is picked when they are ripe and fully developed. This means optimal flavor and high levels of antioxidants. This also enables us to cook healthier and make better choices for ourselves and our families. Why not take your child to the produce stand and pick out something you can go home and make together? Not only is this a fun activity, it teaches kids how to cook and eat in a healthy way.
Seasonal Produce for January:
Here’s a simple recipe for Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes: