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Shopping Produce

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Deb Hart

Shopping Section By Section. You’ve got your list set up by grocery store sections, right? Plan to make the most efficient purchases in each section.


  • Select whole fruits and vegetables rather than juice. It’s better to eat your calories than drink them.
  • Pre-cut, pre-washed, and ready-to-eat produce can be a big time saver. Weigh the benefits of with the extra cost to see if these products are a good option for you.
  • Buy the produce that is in season:
    • Winter Produce:  Brussels sprouts, chicory, collard greens, escarole, fennel, grapefruit, kale, limes, parsnips, radicchio, tangerines and turnips.
    • Spring Produce:  Asparagus, artichokes, apricots, fava beans, rhubarb, strawberries, sweet peas and watercress.
    • Summer Produce:  Berries, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, melons, okra, peas, rhubarb, stone fruit, summer squash, tomatillos and tomatoes.
    • Fall Produce:  Apples, cranberries, dates, figs, mushrooms, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard and winter squash.
  • Waste less by using leftover vegetables for soup or casseroles—freeze until you have enough. Overripe fruit is great for smoothies or baking.

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Deb Hart

Deb Hart is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. For the last 28 years, she has been helping bariatric surgery patients reach their health and weight goals. She teaches people how to set up a lifestyle that supports a healthy weight. Deb set up her own lifestyle to include lots of long walks with her furry family members, workout classes at her local wellness center, meal prepping, and finding new ways to enjoy foods without added sugar.

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