As a lifelong vegetarian, I obviously have a lot of vegetables in my life. Why did I need or want a CSA box? Partly out of boredom and partly out of curiosity, I signed up for a CSA box last fall. Over the past year, my diet has completely changed, as have my eating habits, in ways I never expected. Let me explain how.
How my CSA box has changed my diet
First of all, what’s a CSA box?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Fruit and vegetable subscription “share” boxes that are sourced from local farmers and shared with consumers in their communities. Some are organic and some are conventional. While all CSA’s are set up slightly differently, most require members to commit to a size (small/med) and frequency to receive their box (weekly/bi weekly etc). Local and smaller farmers benefit from selling produce ahead of time to their members.
6 Ways I’ve benefited from my CSA box
I am trying new vegetables
I was pretty intimidated at first when I unpacked veggies I had never cooked with before. Winter root vegetables such as kohlrabi and parsnips were 2 that I had never prepared. I was forced to figure out what to do with them once I unpacked them.
My diet is much more varied
Sure, I always packed my cart full of veggies at the grocery store each week but they were the same veggies week to week. I was in a rut of eating the same 5 or 6 vegetables each week. I now have a much wider variety of veggies in my repertoire.
I meal plan more
When I get the list of what to expect in my box each week, I start thinking up recipe ideas. I am planning ahead each week with the ingredients I know I will receive.
I meal prep
I never really saw the value in meal prep until recently. Each Sunday afternoon, I am roasting vegetables and preparing meal bases for the week. The huge sweet potatoes from this month are prepped and ready for my go to Sweet Potato Toast breakfast .
The past few weeks I’ve received celery and carrots which I immediately peeled and cut. Now, when I open the fridge looking for an afternoon snack, I have a healthy choice right in front of me. I am currently snacking on carrots and hummus or celery and peanut butter. No need to look in my pantry for something less healthy.
I am cooking much more creative meals
Having new produce each week has encouraged me to be more creative with my cooking. I love finding new ways to enjoy the veggies in my box.
Tell me-Do you vary your fruits and veggies each week or tend to stick to the same ones? Do you subscribe to a CSA box?
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