Do you feel like eating healthy is too expensive? I’m here to tell you that it’s NOT...at least if you do it right!
One of the ways you can eat fresh organic produce and still save a ton of money is to buy produce that’s local and in season!
Here are my top 4 reasons to buy and eat locally and seasonally.
#1 - It's cheaper
When it's in season and locally produced, it's much cheaper than when it has to be shipped to you from across the world where it actually IS in season. All those people involved in getting the produce to your local grocery store gotta get paid, ya know?! Plus, when you buy what's in season, you buy food that's at the peak of its supply. That means its plentiful and it costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and get to you.
#2 - It's more nutritious and delicious
If it's local, it's generally harvested at the peak (or close to peak) of freshness rather than being picked before it’s ripe. Picking produce before it’s ripe is common practice when it has to be shipped a long distance to get to you. Mother Nature designed foods to be at their optimum nutrition level when they are at their most ripe, (oh hello, genius!) so when your produce is picked and consumed when it’s ripe, it not only tastes more delicious, but it’s actually better for you too.
#3 - It's better for the environment
All the energy used to transport that food to your local store takes it's toll on the environment. Buying local helps you to do your part to help the environment and minimize pollution from transportation.
#4 - It supports more local, sustainable farmers
If you buy locally, you'll have a better chance at getting foods that are seasonal, fresh, and that support your local farmers and businesses. Try shopping at your local farmer’s market (my fave in Denver is the Union Station Farmers Market) or sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project. Many of these farms offer organic or sustainable options as well. These may be a little more pricey, but putting money toward quality, as well as your personal ethics, can feel well worth it to you in the long run.
Bottom line, eating seasonally and locally lets you get more affordable, amazingly nutritious and delicious produce into your diet.
Try it and let me know what you think in the comments below. 🙂
P.s. Do you need help with eating better or want support and accountability around your health goals? Ask me about my Hot, Healthy and WHOLE membership community! It’s a tribe of women, coming together to reach their individual health goals, designed to give the tools you need to bust through obstacles and stay the course to reach your greatest personal success.