Title: Keep Your New Year’s Resolution, Grow Your Own Fruits & Vegetables
Everyone has goals they want to reach in 2018 and for most of us that includes improving our health. Whether you are trying to lose a few pounds, feel stronger and have more energy or strengthen your immune system, your diet is the first place to look. A great way to stay on track with your health goals is to grow your own fruits and vegetables throughout the year. It’s also a great way to save money if you plan it right.
Benefits of growing your own food
- It’s exercise: If your New Year’s resolution is to get out and get active, what can be better than doing some yardwork. It’s a great way to burn a few calories without having to go to the gym or buy some expensive equipment.
- Keeps you focused: A bowl of fruit and veggies aren’t always desirable, especially at night or around snack time. However, if you grew them yourself, you will take pride in that fact and choose to eat them over something that is store bought.
- Healthier source: Even if you are not growing them organically, you decide what goes into and onto these plants to help them grow as well as when you are ready to eat and prepare them. Also, because you are picking them right from your yard they are not waiting days or weeks to be processed and shipped to the grocery store which means they will last longer than what you normally purchase.
- Teaches kids responsibility: If you have kids you want to give them tasks that help to develop a good work ethic, teaches them responsibility and also the benefits of eating healthy. Because they are taking care of something that they can eat, they will take the responsibility more seriously and have more pride in eating better.
Before you head out to buy a shovel and a bag of soil, you need to have a game plan on what to grow in your home. Yes, you want to pick healthy options but also pick stuff you actually want to eat. If you hate the taste of something, growing it at home isn’t going to change that. Be smart with what you choose. Grow some garden plants!
Best fruits to grow at home:
- Blueberries: Full of antioxidants and great for improving your immune system, blueberries are a favorite among people trying to improve their heath. You can throw them into oatmeal, add them to a smoothie or just eat them as is.
- Strawberries: A popular choice for people who live in smaller homes or apartments because they taste great and can be grown in pots as well as in soil. Unless they are in season, strawberries can get pretty expensive which is why a lot of people prefer growing them at home.
- Raspberries: These are always on demand for DIY fruit growers. The reason is because stores rarely have a good batch in stock at a low price. These are usually sold in packs with other options so if you only want raspberries the smart thing to do is grow them yourself.
- Tomatoes: Is it a fruit or not? Well we will put it in this category until otherwise told. Not only are these simple to grow but they are used in so many dishes from salads to pasta sauce, on sandwiches and next to an egg white omelet for a healthy breakfast.
Best vegetables to grow at home:
- Peppers: If you love to spice things up in your meals then peppers are a great thing to grow at home. For starters, they aren’t always cheap, especially if you have a specific type you like. They also are easy to grow in soil or in a pot so you do not need a lot of space to get started.
- Herbs: Whether you categorize this as a vegetable or not, herbs are a great thing to add to any garden. It’s the only way to have fresh options in the house throughout the year without having to make several trips to the store during the week. Dried and preserved options for basil, parsley, cilantro and others are ok but nothing beats the fresher choices.
- Kale: The problem with store bought salad is that you can either buy the mixed bags which probably have something you aren’t a fan of, or you can buy each type of lettuce individually in which case you have too much. If you prefer or romaine or ice burg salad, mixing in a little kale adds to the nutrients and you don’t have to buy an entire bag.
Having realistic expectations is the key to reaching your New Year’s Resolutions. As you begin to plan things out, make sure you give yourself small goals to reach every day, every week and every month. Keep track of your progress and don’t worry about whether you are making it fast enough. Stick to the plan and you will see results.