As the seasons change so does our food preferences and this reflects back to what is available or “in season”. Summer is all about what’s fresh and raw fruits and veg, BBQ, lots of salads and cool foods. As fall rolls around and the temperatures become cooler our bodies crave soup, warmth and comfort.
Eating seasonally has many benefits the first is that the food typically tastes better, think of fresh tomatoes locally grown in the summer, they taste very different than the tomatoes you can buy at the grocery store in the summer. When fruits and veg are ripened naturally and picked when they have ripened on a vine or harvested at the right time it has so much more flavour and nutrients. Who doesn’t want food that tastes better and has a higher nutritional value??
The second benefit is that eating seasonally is usually most cost effective and easier for the budget and reduces your carbon footprint. That is one of my biggest tips for keeping your grocery bill lower is to eat seasonally or what’s on sale that week. When there is an abundance of certain produce because the crop is in season the cost goes down. Check out what’s in season in chart below.
The last benefit I will share today is that it supports your body’s natural nutritional needs. Winter veggies offer comfort and root veggies are perfect for hot meals, healthy soups, stews, casseroles etc. Summer foods such fresh fruit and veg provide us with nutrients that help protect against sun damage, give us energy for the longer summer day and make a delish cool meal like a salad when it’s too hot to cook.
Keep reading to check out what is in season this fall and grab this easy Pumpkin and Split Pea Soup Recipe.Read More