Tricks of the Trade—Affordable Fruits in the Winter

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Sceery

During these cold winter months, it isn’t uncommon to find that the price of strawberries or blueberries in the store may seem a little higher, or not quite affordable with your dwindling college budget. Yet, those fruits are still important for antioxidants, getting your vitamins, and keeping your body healthy. There are several options that might work for you to avoid choosing those less nutritious foods just because they fit into the budget.

  • If you can afford to buy fresh, set a grocery list. Limit yourself to one or two types of fruit for the week. You can choose different options each week to maintain variety.
  • Pick fruits that you know will last. For example, a cantaloupe or melon can be cut up and stored in the refrigerator to last the whole week.  Or, try a grapefruit. Eat one half for breakfast and save the other half for a day or even two days later.
  • Try frozen, dried, or canned fruit. Although it may not seem as appealing as fresh fruit these options still have most of the nutrients you need and a more affordable cost. Frozen fruits can be much more affordable as well as last much longer. Recently, during a grocery store visit, strawberries were spotted between $3.99 and $4.99; a frozen bag of berries on the other hand ranges from $2.99 to $4.99 and will last in the freezer for a longer period of time. Try using frozen fruits in yogurt, cereal, or even on waffles.
  • As any savvy shopper knows…look for the sales. Most produce items that are out of season will not be on sale…so try to go seasonal to keep within your budget. This website all about fruits and veggies gives a great list about which foods are in-season.

In order to stay healthy and obtain between 2-4 servings of fruit per day, keep these budget-conscious tips in mind the next time you head to the grocery store.