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What’s to Eat This Week – Farmer’s Market Day 1

July 17, 2010

It seems to me that half our trash is made up of plastic bags and boxes that fruit and veg comes in. In an effort to make this stop, we are going to shop at the farmer’s market and bring the loot home in a little wheeled cart and cloth bags. Yes, I could do this at the grocery store but I figured I could multi-task my social efforts and also support small farms instead of Walmart (which owns the biggest grocery chain here).

Today was our first trip. Here’s what we picked up for a family of 2:

Roma tomatoes (we have some already but these get added to everything)

Fresh spinach. I’m trying to buy this at the market to avoid yet another plastic clamshell container but am not convinced it’s worth the extra washing and plucking required. I will at least try it.

Potatoes. These are going in the crock pot with some form of protein.

Japanese squash. We have a very small selection of cool-climate veg here in Mexico City. I love zucchini and squash, and this is the closest option we have. They are small but tasty in soup or as a side.

Cucumbers. I put half of one in my lunch salad on most days, with skin on for crunch.

Gala/Fuji type apples, lychees, figs, and bananas. We already have a tiny bit of watermelon, a cantaloupe, a couple oranges and a couple of peaches left from last week. I try to overlap fruit selection so we don’t eat the same thing every day for a week. So the stuff I bought this week will overlap with next week’s fruit and we will finish up last week’s fruit during this week. Make sense?

I’ve learned that variety is not just the spice of life, but the only way we can get enough micronutrients in our diet. Eating fruit and veg is always awesome but you have to change it up sometimes. Try to find recipes that use different plant foods or pick up a new one each week to snack on. It will make healthy eating less boring and also ensure that you are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals, without leaving one out and overdoing another.

Tip of the Week: Eat Different Stuff!

Photo: Trishhh
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