Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!

vegetables_547755_7June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month! Celebrate by adding a little color to your plate and trying some new produce.

What’s in Season in Michigan Right Now?

Vegetables: Arugula, Asian greens, beets, broccoli, chard and beet greens, salad greens, lettuce, spinach, onions, peas/peapods, radishes, sprouts, turnips, zucchini

Fruits: In Michigan, July, August and September are the best months for fresh fruit. However, there are still a few that are in season right now! Buy some strawberries, blackberries and rhubarb in the month of June!

For a more extensive list and what is coming into season soon, click here!

Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables

Most of us do not get in enough fruits and vegetables each day. Summer is a great time to expand your palate as most fruits and vegetables are at their best flavor and freshness of the year! Plus there is more availability and farmer’s markets to help drive down cost and make them budget friendly!

Vegetables: Aim for 4-5 servings per day

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  • Raw leafy = 1 cup
  • Fresh, frozen or canned = ½ cup

Fruits: Aim for 3-4 servings a day)

One Serving:

  • One medium fruit = about the size of your fist
  • Fresh, frozen or canned = ½ cup
  • Dried = ¼ cup

Easy and Healthy Dinner Recipe Packed with Fresh Vegetables!

Chicken Penne with Vegetables

  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder (or more if desired)
  • 1 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 2 medium yellow zucchini, sliced to ½ inch thickness
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound chopped, cooked chicken breast

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside.

Toss asparagus, broccoli and zucchini in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Lay on sheet pan (use tin foil for easy clean up) and roast in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. *Can also cook chicken on separate sheet pan at same time! I toss my chicken in Italian dressing and place in aluminum foil “boat” to keep in moisture while cooking.

Check out this guide for tips on keeping produce fresh, how to get more into your diet, buying produce on a budget, more healthy recipes, etc!

Happy fresh fruit and vegetable month!

❤ Hilarie

P.S. If you receive food stamps, check out this program to save money on fresh fruits and vegetables this summer!


One Comment Add yours

  1. Cinnamon001 says:

    I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s Red Lentil Pasta bc it is cheaper than Banza Pasta & still provides some protein! whoop-whoop! I feel like this recipe would work with that too!!!


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