Let’s say you have one pepper, two crowns of broccoli & three tomatoes on the vine – how many meals can you make? I hope you liked my back-to-school math lesson. Well, maybe I should re-work that one for the kids, but I do have an exciting equation for you; you will need just pennies on the dollar (click here to see how many) because our bell peppers, broccoli & tomatoes on the vine are on sale this week. And if you’re looking to add fruit rich in vitamins & anti-oxidants to your diet, be sure to stock up on jumbo plums & sweet pluots. If you need a quick refresher course on the hybrid fruit class, find me in the produce aisle near the apricots & plums, or click here to learn a bit more.
Are you taking notes, my loyal students in fresh produce savings? You may want to while you are shopping our department this week because we have so many deals including: peaches, cantaloupes, sweet corn, blueberries and grapes. These are all great, healthy snacks for packing lunch for the kids. And if they are the type that really want to be ‘cool for school’, try giving them a refreshing sliced cucumber sprinkled with a little salt or an even ‘cooler’ dish – ‘Refrigerator Cucumber Salad’ from our friends at A Thrifty Mom.
If you haven’t learned enough in today’s Fresh Savings class, maybe some tips from after school television & our friend Dr. Oz will help you concentrate. He suggests shredding fresh zucchini squash to replace pasta in recipes, & using fresh tomatoes with a dash of zesty oregano for a healthier alternative to canned tomato sauce. He also shared that now is the perfect time to freeze grapes for a wonderful summertime snack. I even have some limited coupons available to help you store away the savings.
WHEW! I don’t know about you, but all this learning is making me hungry & what do you know? Dr. Oz had another delicious idea to dip into! He says to try applesauce as a fantastic alternative fruit dip for bananas and melons. If you really want to mix things up & keep your calorie intake down, Dr. Oz recommends to drink fresh fruit smoothies including fresh berries, a banana, skim milk, and a teaspoon of honey. I personally recommend going for a mango smoothie – they are looking mighty delicious this week! And if you can hold off until dinner time to take in these tips, he shared that eating a high fiber apple prior to a meal will help you feel full faster.
The last class for today is all about new items as we welcome gypsy peppers into our stores. Gypsy peppers are a thin-skinned, sweet pepper with a “citrusy” flavor. These can often be confused with yellow chilies, but they’re quite different and I encourage you to try them.
To really bring today’s lesson home – I want to leave you with this for homework; stop by & count up the number of locally grown items available, there are more right now than any other month of the year! And if I don’t see you in the produce aisle checking out the Bartlett pears coming in from California, look forward to next week’s ‘pear-y’ exciting edition of ‘What’s New in the Produce Department’ – study up on Comice & Bosc pears to be ready. There goes the bell….see you soon!