It doesn’t take much to create a delicious and nutritious meal. Picking up a few ingredients every week at the farmers market before class will provide you with a few essentials to get you through the week and it will save you time spent going to a grocery store plus money on all those meals out. If that isn’t already enough, the food you’ll get at the fm will leaving you feeling and looking your best!
Interested? Scroll down for my go-to shopping tips.
If you want the benefits that come with eating clean food then it’ll take a little planning, prep, and the right knowledge when deciding what to buy if you have class afterwards. Here are my go-to tips –
- Plan to bring a reusable bag. First off, a reusable bag is sturdier than the plastic bags that the vendors provide and second, using a reusable bag is better for the environment.
- Bringing ice packs will keep products like eggs and frozen meat from Country Vittles Farm fresh (the frozen meat can also act as a ice pack to keep your other produce fresh).
- Aim to buy these types of foods if you won’t be home for a few hours:
- Zucchini (make sure its firm)
- Melons (may be heavy so shoot to buy a small melon)
- Avoid buying leafy greens, dairy products, and baby carrots.
These foods may not seem like a lot for a week but if you have other essentials in your kitchen then you’ll be good. The fresh fruit can serve as a fruit salad for breakfast or as snacks throughout the week and the veggies (squash, broccoli, onions, whatever else) can be used in a stir-fry (pasta works too!) with either brown rice or quinoa, which can last you an entire week.
Sometimes it’s just about getting creative and making the choice to put your health (and the environment!) first.
Rachel aka the “Farmers Market Intern” 🙂