This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
Florida is spoiling me! Well, spoiling my tastebuds and belly for sure. We have fresh fruits and veggies all year round. (And not just oranges and grapefruits like some people think.) Eating healthy is a priority for us, as you know, and being able to get fresh, colorful ingredients year round is such a god send. I’m a grazer, and my kitchen is smack in the middle of my house, so every time I pass through, I will pop some berries in my mouth or grab a handful of bell pepper strips or whatever’s available to munch on.
Having fresh produce on hand and “normalizing” fruits and veggies is key to having a family that enjoys eating those foods without a struggle (you know how kids can be).
Here are some ways you can incorporate fresh local produce into your family’s life:
1. Green Markets / Farmers Markets
If you’re far from Florida, you’re still close to fresh, healthy, local produce. Visit farmers markets for fruits and veggies that may be cleaner, healther (and cheaper). If you’re not far from the southeast, you can locate the closest farmers market to you that has Fresh from Florida produce on their site. (There are also recipes and even questions you can ask the farmers while you’re shopping.) Have each member of your family pick out one new fruit or vegetable to try!
2. Local-Friendly Restaurants
Farm to table restaurants are gaining in popularity. I know back in New York there were plenty of places that prided themselves on a menu of locally sourced ingredients. Now here in South Florida I am noticing in our area we have more popping up. Many restaurants are committing to local produce for many reasons. This makes it totally “easy button” for your family to eat fresh and local when you’re eating out. Date nights and family meals out are automatically localy sourced.
3. Cook All Together
Our kids love helping in the kitchen. They’re more likely to try new dishes when they have a hand in preparing it. Have them help wash, cut, prep, or sautee produce for a meal, or (my kids’ fave) put salads together. It’s fun and family bonding time all in one! And if it helps them eat their fresh veggies with less fuss, that’s a happy bonus!