Eating with the Seasons

The natural cycle of produce is perfectly designed to support our health. Apples grow in the fall and they are the perfect transition food assisting the body get rid of excess heat and cool down before winter. In the spring, the abundance of leafy greens helps us alkalize, detox and lose some extra pounds after a long winter of heavier foods. In the summer we need to cool down and stay hydrated by eating more fruits, berries, cucumber, watermelon etc. Building a lifestyle around seasonal food facilitates the body’s natural healing process.

What to eat in the next few months ahead:

April

Asparagus, artichokes, beets, chard, herbs, mint, mushrooms, onions, pea shoots, parsnips, and spinach.

May

Arugula, fava beans, kale, lettuce, peas, radishes, rhubarb, plums, scallions, and later in the month, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, and tomatoes.

Early June

Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and cherries. Blueberries become available in more states, and strawberries are at their peak.


Why do you eat with the Seasons?

  1. Flavor

Produce that has been allowed to fully ripen in the sun tastes amazing! Freshly picked produce has the optimal flavor – crispy, fragrant, juicy and colorful.

  1. Nutrition

Plants get their nourishment from the sun and soil. Seasonally fresh produce is picked when they’re ripe and fully developed. The plant has had more sun exposure, which means it will have higher levels of antioxidants!

  1. Economy

Simply supply and demand. When there’s an abundance of a product, such as watermelons in the summer, the prices go down. Seasonal food is much cheaper to produce for the farmers who would rather sell their products for a lower price, than not at all. Cash in on the seasonal bounty.

  1. Environment

Seasonal produce can grow without too much added human assistance i.e. pesticides and genetically modification. We know how these toxic compounds can contaminate the water, soil and our health. Seasonal food is more likely to be locally produced as well, which reduces the load on our environment due to transport, or “food mileage”.

  1. Community

Getting to know where your food is coming from, who is growing your food and how they do it also makes you feel more connected to the whole process. Farmer's markets create communities around food that encourage us to share our knowledge, ask questions and engage in our own local environment. Together we are more powerful and big change can happen.

  1. Home Cooking

Eating seasonally also forces you to cook more -- and there really is nothing better you could do for your health. When you start to take back control of what you put into your body, which oil you choose to cook with, how much sugar you add to your food etc, you are consciously making better choices for your health. Cooking is also a great activity to do with your kids, family, and friends. And, what better way to show your love?

  1. Creativity and Variety

Eating seasonally keeps challenging your creativity to come up with new, fun and delicious dishes based on what you find. Maybe you choose to google a recipe, look through some cookbooks or go on Pinterest to find new inspiration and ideas about what to do with seasonal produce. Variety is also healthy for our bodies; by changing our menu according to what’s available you are also less likely to develop food intolerances.

  1. Organic/Free of Pesticides

Food that is grown outside of their season or natural environment need a lot more human assistance in forms of pesticides, waxes, chemicals, and preservatives to grow and look appealing to us. By choosing local and seasonal food, you are also more likely to get a cleaner product!

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