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Eating healthy without taking a bite out of your walletYou may know that eating lots of vegetables is important for maintaining a healthy diet. But did you know that eating good-for-you vegetables doesn’t have to be expensive? Eating vegetables that are in season is one way to cut costs, and fall offers a bounty of them:
- Butter lettuce
- Brussels sprouts
- Butternut squash
Farmers markets can be a great place to find fresh, seasonal vegetables in your local community. You can use the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory to search for a farmers market near you. And remember: Next to fresh, frozen is best! Frozen vegetables can last longer than fresh ones and are often less expensive.
Many of fall’s best vegetables can taste even better with the right seasonings, so try using new spices in your favorite recipes. Spices are a great way to add tastes and flavors to your dishes without adding many calories. Cumin and black pepper complement roasted cauliflower, while cinnamon and cayenne pepper pair well with butternut squash. Experiment with your own flavor combinations—the possibilities are almost endless. Before making any changes to your diet, consult your health care provider.
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