This year, one of my goals is to 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! Buying in season is more important than ever. It keeps grocery costs down and ensures food will supply the most nutrients.
For this month, be sure to also check out the August Produce Guide as well. Some of the produce for August will still be in season through September or even October. In fact, as it reaches the end of its growing season, some produce items may be priced even lower than they were at their 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 some fresh summer produce with some vibrant, gorgeous looking fruits and vegetables! I’ve included some of my top favorite produce items for September, as well as recipes for each one, so you can be inspired to eat healthfully this month.
There’s hardly anything better in the early fall months than a crisp, crunchy apple, am I right? From sweet to tart and pink to green, there is a variety for everyone to enjoy! Plus, you can either eat them raw or incorporate them into some dinner recipes (like I’ve done below).
Not only are apples incredibly tasty, but they are also teeming with nutrients! They have a high fiber content (which will help aid digestion), promote good gut bacteria, and have been linked to lower risks of heart disease and diabetes. What’s not to love?! Enjoy them now while they’re in season!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring apples:
- Sausage and Apple Stuffed Butternut Squash
- Gluten-Free Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Topping
- Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bars
Are you tired of using the same leafy greens over and over again? Then say hello to arugula, spinach’s spicy older sister! Thanks to it’s peppery and distinctive taste, arugula is a vegetable that you can incorporate into many dishes, such as salads, one-dish meals, or pesto to add more flair. Plus, arugula is low in calories and rich in calcium, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A! So, the next time you see this at the store, be sure to pick some up and enjoy all that arugula has to offer.
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring arugula:
- Pan-Fried Salmon with Macadamia Arugula Pesto
- One Pan Arugula Pesto Chicken & Tomatoes
- Dairy-Free Arugula Pesto
Now that fall is right around the corner, black-eyed peas are starting to make an appearance! These pale beans are traditionally found in traditional Indian and Southern cuisine and have a strong, savory flavor that also packs a nutritional punch. One cup of cooked black-eyed peas provides 13 g of protein, 11 g of fiber, 88% DV of folate, and 50% DB of copper. They also promote digestive health, enhance heart health, and support weight loss. Enjoy these beans while they’re in season!
Check out some of these dietitian recipes featuring black-eyed peas:
- Black-Eyed Pea Sweet Potato Chili from Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN
- Black-Eyed Pea Fritters from Marisa Moore, RDN
- Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Chicken Sausage & Spinach from Jennifer McDaniel, RDN
Pucker up and get ready to enjoy some limes! I love how versatile these little gems are; whether you’re adding them to a dish for extra flavor, or slicing some up to add in your water, you can always find a use for this fruit. And since limes boast a hearty nutrition profile, they have many benefits that go beyond flavor.
Thanks to their high antioxidant content, they may help boost your immunity, promote healthy skin, aid iron absorption, and reduce heart disease risk factors. With so much to love about this fruit, get ready to enjoy limes in your kitchen this month!
Check out some of my favorite recipes featuring limes: