Is it possible to eat healthfully on a budget? Yes, I believe it is! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a four post series on ways you can eat healthfully on a budget. By no means have I perfected my eating habits, but I strive to make eating healthy a priority. With the tips I have learned over the years, I hope to inspire and help you to reduce your grocery bill!
eating healthy on a budget eat seasonally
First of all, one of my favourite ways to eat healthy on a budget is to Eat Seasonally.

There are certain seasons when particular fruits and vegetables are at their prime. When they’re in season, not only do they taste great, they’re also cheaper!  I won’t buy strawberries in the winter because they’re expensive and they sure aren’t very flavourful! Also, when fruits and vegetables are in season, they’re more likely to be grown closer in your area, cutting down on transportation and delivery costs!

Here’s a list of fruits and vegetables and when each one is in season:
(This list was compiled from the cookbook, Simply in Season.)

Year-Round:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Herbs

Spring:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Edible flowers
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mesclun (cool weather)
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Radishes

Summer:

  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Edamame
  • Edible Flowers
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Green beans
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Melon
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Summer Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
Fall:
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Corn (early Fall)
  • Cranberries
  • Edible flowers
  • Eggplant (early Fall)
  • Fennel
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi (early Fall)
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pumpkins
  • Raspberries
  • Rutabagas
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatillos (early Fall)
  • Tomatoes (early Fall)
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash
Winter:
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Parsnips
  • Pears
  • Pumpkins
  • Rutabagas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Winter squash

Do you eat Seasonally? What’s your favourite fruit & vegetable eating season?