This year, one of my goals is too cut down on grocery expenses by buying in-season produce. Since I’m doing the research anyway, I thought I would share it with you guys!
For this month, be sure to also check out the January Produce Guide as well. Some of the produce for January will still be in season through February. In fact, as it reaches the end of its growing season, it may be priced even lower than it was at its peak as they try to sell the surplus!
Of course, what produce is in season can vary by region, so I focused on the Southwest in my research. If you are on the east coast, it should still apply, but some things vary. I also included recipes you can make with this month’s produce, so hopefully, it helps inspire your weekly menu this month!
Enjoy the last of winter produce with some vibrant, gorgeous looking fruits and vegetables! While the weather is still frigid outside, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of delicious produce items to choose from! I’ve included some of my top favorite produce items for February, as well as recipes for each one, so you can be inspired to eat healthfully this month.
I just love carrots! Not only are they vibrant and pretty to look at, but they are the perfect veggie for almost any time of day and seem to go with just about everything. They taste great on their own, dipped in hummus, or even mixed into recipes!
Plus, they are a great source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, and antioxidants, and they have been shown to lower cholesterol levels and improve eye health. What’s not to love about all of that!? With so these health benefits and versatility in the kitchen, this is one colorful vegetable that you should definitely include in your diet this month!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring carrots:
Do you love dark, leafy greens? I certainly do, which is why I’m so glad that collard greens are in season right now! This cruciferous vegetable contains nutrients that can play an important role in a healthful diet, such as vitamin K, fiber, vitamin A, and choline. Because of these vitamins and minerals, eating cruciferous vegetables like collard greens can help improve bone health, support digestion, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system. So go ahead and dive into leafy green goodness with this tasty vegetable! Now is the perfect time to try collard greens, so give it a shot while they are in season!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring collard greens:
It’s hard to imagine cooking without garlic, as this is definitely a staple in my kitchen. Not only does it add a ton of flavor to so many recipes, but it also is a great way to add some vitamins and minerals to your meals.
While garlic has also been shown to help boost your immune system and lower blood pressure. So go ahead and give garlic a try this month; (and stalk up on it) you may just find some new ways to use it in the kitchen!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring garlic:
- Roasted Garlic Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños
- Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
- Low Carb Garlic & Herb Cauliflower Mash
If you’re getting bored with eating the same ol’ apples and bananas for lunch, then it’s definitely time to step outside your comfort zone with some other seasonal fruits! That’s why I’m so excited kiwis are back in season.
Whether I eat them plain or add them to a recipe, there’s no denying that this flavorful fruit really packs a punch. Thanks to its juicy interior and excellent nutrition status, one kiwi boasts 107% DV of vitamin C and 35% DV of vitamin K, which are great for both your immune system and bone health (respectively).
So, the next time you’re looking to add a new fruit in your daily routine, go ahead and give these little guys a shot!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring kiwis:
I just love biting into a fresh, crispy pear, don’t you? Now that they are in season, I’ve been enjoying them on their own or even adding them to recipes! I love that they are easy to pack for a snack or lunch, and still provide excellent nutrition.
In one medium-sized pear, you can find antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, copper, and folate, all of which are important vitamins and minerals for your body. Pears can also promote gut health (thanks, fiber!), and help lower inflammation. So go ahead and try them out this month while they’re in season!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring pears:
Spinach is one of those vegetables that can be used for so many different things, and with its’ pretty mild flavor, you can add it just about anything. Personally, I love adding it to my eggs, throwing it into smoothies, or even sneaking it into a dip; I’ve found that this is a great way to add in more nutrition without sacrificing flavor!
Plus, spinach is a powerhouse–this dark leafy green is loaded with tons of nutrients that are important for skin, hair, and bone health. Spinach also provides protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals, so that’s a win in my book!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring spinach:
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Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest “carbs” you can eat!
Just one sweet potato has 769% DV of vitamin A (say what?!), 65% DV of vitamin C, and and 4 g of protein. How great is that? So, now that these root vegetables are in full swing, why not load up?
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring sweet potatoes:
- Sweet Potato Spinach Quiche
- Vegan Fudgy Protein Brownies
- Sweet Potato Coffee Brownie Cake
- Sweet Potato Protein Muffins
What are some of your favorite vegetables to eat in February? Let me know!