National Nutrition Month

by Caroline Benitez

In honor of National Nutrition Month, make a plan to shop local when stocking your fridge.

Thinking outside the grocery store and shopping at a farmers market or produce stand is a great way to support growers and small businesses in your community. Plus, you’ll get your pick of the best in-season fresh from Florida fruits and veggies- and at a great price.

Where is your favorite place to get fresh produce in Polk County?

March is also the peak of strawberry season here in Florida. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and fiber, making them a great anytime snack. If you’re looking for a fun way to get your fill, give make-ahead strawberry parfaits a try. Layer fresh fruit in a mason jar along with your favorite yogurt or a non-dairy alternative, granola, oats, and nuts. Keep a few in your fridge for a quick breakfast or a healthy dessert.

 About LVIM

LVIM provides free, high-quality, out-patient medical, dental, and mental health care to the working uninsured of Polk County in a compassionate manner. Through 20 years of excellent leadership, LVIM has grown into a thriving and crucial organization for the Polk County community serving the health care needs of over 2,800 eligible patients each year and providing over $7.7 million in services in 2020 alone. At LVIM the treatment is free, the care is priceless!