Why Eat Foods in Season?


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There are three excellent reasons for this practice.

1.       Seasonal foods are nature’s way of making sure that we have an adequate variety of foods in our diets.  We need to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure our bodies get all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep us healthy. Contrary to what we have been taught by the four food groups and the food pyramid, we don’t need to eat a variety at every meal but we need to eat a variety over time.  Time can be as long as a month.  Seasonal produce will help us accomplish this.

2.       Buying seasonal fruits and vegetables is generally less expensive that buying produce that is out of season.  We like this right?? Fall seasonal produce includes; apples (one of my favorites), dates, pears, cranberries (another one of my favorites), kiwi, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, strawberries, pumpkins, bell peppers, broccoli, broccolini, brussels spouts, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, celery root, chard, collards, fennel, leeks, parsnip, rutabaga, spinach, sweet potatoes.

3.            Buying local foods in season can help support your community and its local farmers.  Generally, the food tastes better because it has not traveled 1000 miles to get to you – it’s a lot fresher.  Because the produce is fresher, it will have more vitamins and minerals.  Produce loses its nutrients over time so the sooner you can eat the produce after it is picked the better it will be. Check out this seasonal food guide for the USA and Canada.

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Check my blog in the recipes category for ‘It’s Apple Season’ for an applesauce recipe. Or try this Cranberry Fruit Topping recipe.

Cranberry Fruit Topping

Blend in a food processor until well blended:

2 apples, cored and sliced

2 oranges, peeled and sectioned, seeds removed

1 cup of pitted dates or 1 cup of raisins

I usually cover my food processor with a napkin or paper towel until the mixture is blended because sometimes the juice comes out between the lid and the container.

After the above is blended, add 1 12 oz package cranberries

Blend and serve as a topping over fruit; bananas, oranges, pears, apples, kiwis or eat plain.

Cranberry Fruit Topping Carb Protein Fat
Grams 248 9 2
Calories 891 32 16
% of total calories 95 3 2
Total calories 939

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