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What’s the Buzz about Seasonal Eating?

Eating with the seasons has become a popular food trend, and a beneficial one! Seasonal eating means purchasing and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally grown across the country during certain times during the year. You may wonder, “What’s the big deal?” Eating seasonally actually has many benefits! Here are some of the reasons for eating with the seasons:

  • Budget friendly: During natural growing seasons, certain fruits and vegetables are grown in large amounts. The use of greenhouses and the extra time it takes to grow and transport produce out-of-season to grocery stores is not necessary. This makes for relatively inexpensive seasonal fruits and vegetables!
  • Fresher and nutritious: Seasonal food is often local, which means it spends less time in storage compared with out-of-season foods. Fresher produce can retain more nutrients, too!
  • Helping the environment: Out-of-season, foods can travel hundreds to thousands of miles before reaching your plate! Since seasonal foods are typically grown locally, the number of miles between your food and your plate is reduced. This saves on gas, reducing pollution! Saving your planet by the seasons!
  • Prevents “food fatigue”: Ever get tired of eating the same foods year-round? Try eating what’s in season to get excited about cooking new foods!

What’s in Season: February

  • Arugula, Spinach, Kale, Chard, and other greens
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Avocados
  • Grapefruit, Limes, Lemons, Mandarins, Oranges

Create a bright salad during this cold month with kale, carrots, broccoli, and avocados! Dress it with a mixture of olive oil, spices of your choice, and some citrus for some light, fresh flavor! With seasonal foods, you’ll never get bored with your food!

Get Creative and Eat Seasonally, Salukis!

Your University Housing Nutrition Team
Residence Hall Dining

Emily Feagans
Dietetics Graduate Assistant

Cecily Haase
Undergraduate Nutrition Intern