Did you know that food can play with your internal temperature?
Think of the foods you gravitate towards in the summer. These probably include things like pineapple, watermelon, salads, tomatoes, berries, cilantro, fennel, mint, sprouts, etc. We tend to eat them raw. These are all cooling.
Other foods heat us up. Think of root vegetables (beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc), spicy peppers, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, cooked foods.
Nature is so cool. If we eat seasonally (according to our geographic location), we will get everything we need, all the nutrients we require are available to us. We’ll be cool as a cucumber in the summer and warm and toasty in the winter.
It’s harder to eat seasonally now and days because everything we could ever want is in the grocery store pretty much year round. Pineapple in the middle of winter? No problem. Pumpkin in the summer? They’ve got you covered. This is super convenient, and I absolutely love that things are always available, however, we should be mindful of the season and plan accordingly.
We know it’s important, but why?
For starters, it’s much less expensive to eat what’s in season. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a killer deal on anything…food is no exception! Have you ever felt like eating healthy is too expensive? This is easy on the wallet and yummy in your tummy.
Second, it tastes better. Eating what’s in season and what’s local tastes better because it grew to perfection on the farm rather than on a truck trying to make a deadline. I would take vine/tree ripened any day!
Third, it helps your local farmers and your community. It’s kind of like giving back and helping out. So really, you’re doing a service.
Fourth, it helps you be creative and get a variety of nutrients into your body. If you eat the same things all the time, chances are you’re not getting all the nutrients you should. Remember the post about eating the rainbow? Combine these two principles and you’re well on your way to being healthy.
There are a couple things you can do to help with this and support your community and local farmers in the process.
First, go to farmer’s markets in your area. These are so much fun! If you’re not sure where to look, google it!
Second, find a CSA to join (Consumer Supported Agriculture). These are awesome because most of the time, you don’t know what you’re going to get, so it’s like a cooking adventure! There are tons of different set ups: some deliver right to your home, others you have to pick up. Some are every week, some are every other week. With some you get to choose what you want, others surprise you based on what’s ripe and ready from their farm. Some let you pay weekly, others charge up front for the season.
You can google this too, find one that fits your needs and preferences. Usually it ends up being cheaper that buying produce from the store because it eliminates the middle man. Last year I went to a farm and traded labor for a basket of veggies. It was totally worth it, plus it’s therapeutic to see where your food comes from and work for it.
What’s in season right now? (Fall/Winter)
Apples Brussels sprouts Parsnips Pears
Rutabagas Cauliflower Winter Squash Pumpkin
Sweet potatoes Turnips Pomegranates Dates
Kiwis Grapefruit Tangerines Persimmons
Shallots Mushrooms Artichokes Arugula
Beets Broccoli Carrots Cranberries
Speaking of foods that are in season, I have an amazing recipe for ya’ll!
It’s called Beets n’ Sweets. It’s one of my favorites! This is the perfect side dish for just about anything.