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Think Local: Farmers Market Veggies to Buy this Week

March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign from the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The purpose is to shine a bright light on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits. This year’s theme is "Beyond the Table", which challenges us to think beyond just the food on our plates. It encourages us to consider the broader implications of our food choices, including where our food comes from, how it's produced, and its impact on the environment. It also emphasizes the importance of mindful eating, sustainability, and supporting local food systems.

Support Local and Seasonal Produce

One fantastic way to embrace the theme of "Beyond the Table" is by shopping locally. Farmers markets offer a unique shopping experience where consumers can directly connect with local farmers and producers. By purchasing from farmers markets, you not only support local businesses but also contribute to the sustainability of your community's food system.

What's in Season?

Here are some delicious fruits and vegetables that are in season during March:

  • Asparagus: This versatile vegetable is a springtime favorite, packed with vitamins C, polyphenols and fiber. Enjoy it roasted, grilled, or steamed for a nutritious addition to your meals.
  • Spinach: Loaded with Vitamin C, magnesium and soluble fiber. Add it to salads, smoothies, or cooked dishes for a boost of nutrients.
  • Artichokes: Rich in fiber and polyphenols, artichokes are not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious. Try them steamed, roasted, or grilled for a unique side dish.
  • Radishes: With their crisp texture and peppery flavor, radishes add a refreshing kick to salads and other dishes. They're also a good source of vitamin C!
  • Peas: Whether they're garden peas, sugar snap peas, or snow peas, fresh peas are a great addition to springtime meals. They're rich in vitamin C, protein and fiber, making them a nutritious choice for any diet.

So, as we celebrate National Nutrition Month and explore the theme of "Beyond the Table," remember to make informed food choices that nourish our bodies and support our communities. By shopping at farmers markets and incorporating seasonal produce into our meals, we can enjoy delicious, nutritious food while also promoting sustainability and local food systems. 

As always, try some nutrient-rich, fresh and seasonal recipes featured on your Ahara app!

Chicken and Snow Pea Skillet

Marinated Chickpea and Artichoke Antipasto   

Asparagus Tabbouleh

Harissa Spinach  


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