5 Cheap, In-Season Foods for your Health

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We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an investment in keeping our bodies healthy. According to Clare McKindley, a clinical dietitian at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, “buying what’s in season keeps your diet fresh and helps you build confidence in your food choices, while supporting your long-term health goals.”

But people often complain about the high cost of produce as an impediment to increased consumption. Here are 5 cheap options that are in season today, courtesy of the Cancer Center:

  • Strawberries - One cup of strawberries contains 46 calories and costs $0.89. Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Pineapple - One cup of pineapple contains 82 calories and costs $0.70. Fat-free, low in sodium and rich in vitamin C.
  • Spinach - One cup of raw spinach contains just 7 calories and costs $0.52. High in fiber, folate and antioxidants.
  • Mustard Greens - One cup of cooked mustard greens contains 21 calories and costs $0.81.
  • Broccoli - One cup of cooked, chopped broccoli has 30 calories and costs $0.63. High in folate, fiber and antioxidants.
While each plant and its nutrients have had various studies conducted attesting to their ability to prevent various cancers, we’ll adopt a more holistic approach and recommend a wide variety and frequent consumption.
What are your favorite springtime fruits and vegetables?

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  • Thayer

    I look forward to the first spring asparagus

  • Ag

    In season? Pineapples and strawberries certainly aren’t in season where I am.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    These things are certainly in season somewhere, but are pineapples grown anywhere in the US?!

    • Mr. Bill West

      Hawaii is in the US. Although, I am sure most of our pineapple comes from other tropical areas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsie-Gray/11515990 Kelsie Gray

    Asparagus, sugar snap peas, and lots and lots of greens are all in season here.  We’re just starting to get a the first few fluke strawberries.  Pineapples?? Not in Kentucky. I guess there’s a difference between local, seasonal eating and just “seasonal” eating (which doesn’t seem to mean much when you remove the “local” part of the equation…). 

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  • EVIL food scientist.

    This post is several hours old and we’ve yet to have the standard outcry about commercially grown strawberries? The labor concerns?  The monoculture agriculture? The pesticide use? The fertilizer use?  The wrapping the ground in plastic and sterilizing the soil with EVIL CHEMICALS!?

    For shame, Fooducate.  I expect more knee-jerk alarmist reactions from you and your readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Asparagus!  Down to the Farmer’s Market first thing tomorrow.  I love asparagus better than anything.

  • Gregwhite77

    Hmmm this blog needs some geographic context. Aren’t all foods always in season……somewhere? Pineapple and strawberries def not in season in Uk!!