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.