By Krista Diekemper
Kick off Spring with a variety of color on your plate and in your diet! With warmer weather comes a larger variety of produce, better quality, and at more affordable prices. Having a “colorful” plate of food is an easy way to provide your body with a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Foods Currently In Season:
Artichokes, avocados, bananas, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, and mushrooms
Now is the perfect time to begin preparing for your garden! Listed below are a few tips for a successful garden:
- Clean out or set up a garden space – Pull out any weeds, debris and old plants.
- Gather a list of your favorite produce items – Do not plant foods that you will not consume or too many plants/seeds. Popular items include corn, cucumbers, green beans, squash, tomatoes, raspberries strawberries, etc.
- Time your crop – Timing is everything when it comes getting the most out of your garden. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/#) can help you determine optimal dates for planting and harvesting.
- Have fun!
Glorious Guacamole Recipe:
2 avocado, pitted
1 large tomato, diced
¼ purple onion, diced
1 Tbsp. jalapeño, minced
¼ cup cilantro, minced
½ lime, juiced
Mix together items, season with salt and pepper. Enjoy with tortilla chips.