Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Cooking Grocery List

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Now that we are nearly through the month, I happened to learn that this week.

I plan special events and work with donor membership groups at a large pediatric hospital here in Dallas. One part of my job is working with one of these membership groups, The Children's Trust, filled with over 500 individuals, predominately moms and dads with young kids. Each year they have an Education Event but this year we got to change it up - instead of a luncheon or evening reception with a clinical physician and hot topic, we are involving their kiddos for a family event, what I call Healthy Choices, Healthy Family. We will have a clinical nutritionist, along with two fabulous executive chefs that will join us and walk through everything from cooking demonstrations, gluten-free diets to how to involve your kids in the grocery planning/shopping so that they are excited about the food. The more interaction they have with it, the more comfortable they become trying it.

The event is this Sunday, and conveniently falls during this celebrated month of nutrition! In my preparation for it, I've been reading through several helpful handouts, including a list of fresh produce by season. I decided since that pertains to everyone, I would share it with you as we move into April and fresh Spring produce.

Fresh Produce Grocery List for the Spring:
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Green Onions
  • Green Peas
  • Lettuce
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries 
  • Sweet Onions
  • Valencia Oranges
So whatcha waiting for? Go shop and enjoy the fresh seasonal tastes!

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