December is a great season when preparing to shop for produce because of the occasion and the different family recipes that we use once a year. Healthy locally-sourced fresh pantry staples like bok choy, carrots, and apples are great examples of the number of combinations you can work with when planning your next weekly market run to your local farmers market.

Bok choy or a leafy vegetable that belongs under the category of Chinese greens is a great addition to your wok-fry favorites because it’s rich in nutrients that reduce inflammation. The carrot is a versatile staple that is rich in vitamins that help with eyesight. While the widely used apple is rich in antioxidants that help in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.

If you’re planning to go out and re-stock your pantry essentials. Make sure to prep your list and see what’s available locally. Changes in the season don’t necessarily mean you have to skimp out on natural sources of vitamins.