In the Raw: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
Whole, simple, fresh. Raw foods are all the rage right now. Not familiar with the raw foods movement? It essentially boils down to, well, not boiling your foods down. Keeping them in their natural state means keeping all of the nutrients packed inside.
Since June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, we thought this would be a good opportunity to celebrate the easiest food group to consume raw. Whether you’re clueless, curious or completely on-board with the movement, we’ve got tips and ideas for making the most of this on-trend eating habit.
From grocery stores to your local farmers markets, the supply of fresh spring-to-summer fruits and veggies is picking up. In season produce means peak flavor and nutrients, so get ’em while you can! Learn which fruits and veggies to pass on and which to pick up with our tips for making smart Produce Picks.
Once you get your goodies home, make sure you keep them in peak condition. Use our Helpful Tips For Keeping Produce Fresh as a go-to guideline. Storing foods properly not only keeps them tasting better, but also saves you the trouble of throwing them away sooner than you need to.
Smoothies are a super-quick and easy way to get your fresh fruits and veggies in, whether you crave the sweet blend of strawberry and banana for breakfast or want to sneak in your leafy greens at lunch. Raw food preparation techniques, such as blending and juicing or using lemon juice and salt, helps to break down the plants, unlocking antioxidants and vitamins so that it’s easier for your body to use them. Look online for recipes that will help you get the most out of your smoothies.
SPREAD THE LOVE
Parties, picnics, potlucks—pack up and snack on your favorite fruits. Wherever you’re headed, make the SNAPWARE® 4-PC FRUIT AND VEGGIE-TAINER your plus one and raw veggies your dish to pass. Not only is this plastic container spill proof, but it also has an easy open-and-close four-latch lid that keeps food super fresh. There’s even a space in the middle where you can store our healthy, low-calorie Greek Yogurt Caramelized Onion Dip or your favorite hummus. Add a quick and easy cream cheese fruit dip, and your whole crew might forget all about the concession stand!
ROCK NEW RECIPES
If you already incorporate raw fruits and veggies into your diet regularly, why not kick it up a notch? For those of you who love to cook, give yourself a challenge by venturing into raw foods recipes, from soups to nut butters. See how veggies are even going head-to-head with pasta, like Two Peas and Their Pod’s Zucchini Noodles with Pesto.
- COLOR KIDS HAPPY. Having trouble getting the kids on board with fruits and veggies? Try these Colorful Ways To Raise a Healthier Eater.
- MAKE THE CUT. Learn about which knives to use for which veggies in 5 Ways To Cut Vegetables and Choosing The Right Knife.
- SCHOOL THE TOUGH STUFF. Tend to pick easy-to-cut fruits because the others are intimidating? Tackle the tricky ones with Chicago Cutlery Cutting Classes! Start by learning How To Cut a Pineapple, and move on to Ways To Cut a Watermelon. Whatever your stance on the raw foods movement, there’s no denying that fresh fruits and veggies are an easy and healthy addition to any diet. And when you pick produce that’s local and in season, you’ll score bonus points for peak flavor, too!
YOUR TURN: Which seasonal fresh fruit and veggies are you most looking forward to picking up this month?