One of the best decisions I ever made was to eliminate processed foods from my diet. About ten years ago, I existed on nothing but lean frozen entrees and diet soda, with nary a vegetable in sight. Since then, however, I’ve become completely reformed. I now love fresh vegetables and feel great about putting nutritious, disease fighting foods into my body.
The only hiccup I continue to face is getting around to using those vegetables before they spoil. Talk about a waste of money! I purchase the vegetables with every intention of using them during the week only to find myself throwing out more than half by week’s end.
It’s frustrating because I know that leafy greens are loaded with vitamins and minerals that can help reduce inflammation in the body, help protect bones against osteoporosis and protect our cells against damage from free radicals, among many other benefits. Sadly, it seemed that my only options were to continue to risk throwing out spoiled produce along with my money or to quit buying it all together. That is, until I was introduced to the produce farmers of Tanimura & Antle.
These family owned produce farmers, Tanimura from Japan and Antle from California, have been in business for more than three generations and were kind enough to send me samples of some of their most popular items, from Romaine and Artisan lettuce to cauliflower and celery. I opened the package to see the beautifully preserved and carefully packed produce, immediately struck with the thought of what might go to waste. To my delightful surprise, the vegetables not only lasted through the week but were still fresh after two weeks in my refrigerator.
I had never given much thought to what produce to select when shopping for groceries, aside from looking for the most fresh and least bruised of the bunch. However, after my recent experience with Tanimura & Antle, the crispness of the produce, which worked beautifully in salads and as lettuce wraps for chicken, made my waistline happy. While the overall quality and length of freshness made my wallet happy. From this point forward, I will be looking for the names of Tanimura & Antle, confident that I have chosen some of the best quality produce on the market.