Alex Gomez, Nutrition Outreach Worker
As the weather gets warmer and we all prepare for summer, let’s take some time to appreciate the return of spring and summer produce. Shopping seasonally not only can help with saving money when buying groceries, but it can also boost your nutritional intake as you explore and consume a greater variety of produce. Each fruit and vegetable has its own unique nutritional profile, so taking advantage of the new produce that will become available can introduce different micronutrients, like vitamins and minerals, while also keeping you excited to stay nourished and motivated this season! Personally, I always look forward to the return of papaya and watermelon, as they are tasty and packed with water, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
With new produce becoming available in spring and summer, I find myself making Greek Yogurt Fruit Salads since they are quick to make and contain protein, energy, and so much flavor. Many more student-friendly recipes can be found on our recipe website.
A USDA seasonal produce guide offers nutritional information and a list of seasonal produce to inform your decisions. If you feel that you need some extra information or guidance, feel free to talk with a registered dietitian at our free drop-in nutrition counseling!