I’m always fighting that gap between my intentions and my actions. I intend to eat healthful, produce-filled meals each week, but I need a little help turning that into action. If I haven’t selected a recipe ahead of time, I’m not likely to purchase more than a bunch of bananas or a few apples at the grocery store. When hunger strikes, I ransack the kitchen to find only cereal, ramen, and the odd raisin. If only someone would stuff my fridge and fruit bowl full of local, organic produce. Then I couldn’t help but eat it.
The next best thing is having a bin of fruit and veggie delights dropped off at my doorstep every other Friday.
I signed up with Green Bean Delivery a year ago and have been absolutely delighted with the decision. Every two weeks, the company delivers a small produce bin full of local and/or organic fruits and vegetables. I’m notified of the selection the week prior and have an opportunity to make substitutions. The advance notice also gives me a chance to plan the additional groceries I’ll need to turn my bin into many tasty meals.
That bin has been great motivation. I can’t stand the thought of $35 of produce rotting, so I do my best to make use of it all. Beefy and I have fine-tuned our corn salsa thanks to the many ears of local corn I’ve found in the bin. I’ve eaten entire avocados in one sitting without a bit of guilt. We’ve “beefed up” our Jiffy blueberry muffins with real, organic blueberries. I’ve roasted nearly every vegetable you can think of. (When stumped for a recipe idea, my go-to is roasting with olive oil, salt, and garlic.) Without Green Bean Delivery, I never would have begun experimenting with beets, nor would I have developed my Curried Beet and Sweet Potato soup. (Yum!)
The bin hasn’t replaced the produce I buy at the grocery store. If anything, it prompts me to buy more produce when I’m shopping so that I can fill out a recipe. I’ve easily doubled my produce consumption from last June.
I’m eating well and feeling good about supporting local and organic farms.
How do you incorporate plenty of produce into your diet? Anyone else subscribe to a produce delivery service?
Sporty Sunday is a recurring feature in which I share my fitness routine and offer and solicit advice. While this content might seem a little out of place in an outfit diary, a healthy, strong body is the foundation of my wardrobe. I hope to inspire my readers to be fit as well as stylish!