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XPT Weekly Challenge: Stay Fresh

With summer winding down and the autumn season upon us, maintaining your daily fruit and vegetable intake should continue to be a priority. While sourcing fresh, local, seasonal produce can be more challenging as the weather cools, there are a few tricks that will help you preserve nutrients and make the most of everything you tote home from the market.

Certain natural compounds, like vitamin C and phytochemicals are particularly sensitive to air and light exposure, temperature, and time. With just 7 days at room temperature a fruit’s vitamin C content and antioxidant potential can be reduced by up to 75%.

That being said, it is important to start now to take care of produce purchases. The first step is to purchase in smaller batches, enough to eat in just a few days rather than stocking up in one visit to the grocery.  Forget the countertop fruit bowl. Instead, store all fresh fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator; this step alone can extend antioxidant life two-fold.

While planning ahead has time management perks, save washing and slicing right before eating.  If you do cut in advance, store at cold-temperatures in a snug-fitting, airtight container.

If you have any other tips for keeping plant-based products at their peak nutritional potency, please share!

#freshisbest #staycool #endlesssummer #plantbasedyearround

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