What does eating seasonally mean?
It is when you eat foods that are grown and harvested at the time of the year you buy, cook and eat them.
Why does eating seasonally matter?
Here are my top 5 reasons:
1. The Flavor
Food just tastes better when eaten in season versus when it is out of season. Who wants to eat a pale, gritty tomato in January? But a plump, juicy, bright red tomato on whole wheat bread with a little mayonnaise, salt and pepper is perfectly delicious on a Saturday afternoon in June.
2. The Nutrition
Since the food is at the peak of its season, it retains the greatest amount of nutrients, therefore health benefits to you. It is also usually grown locally, which reduces trip time to the local grocery store, which reduces the potential of it spoiling before it hits the stand. Eating that sweet Honeycrisp apple in the fall supplies your body Vitamin C that can protect you against that common cold that usually comes with the changing of weather.
3. The Connection
You are able to be fully present in the moment. When eating a warm sweet potato soup in winter cozied up by the fire, you experience the comfort and security of the moment. Eating a fresh, juicy watermelon in the summer allows you to enjoy the outdoor cookout with your family and friends without melting in the heat.
4. The Price
The price of strawberries in June is cheaper than in December because it cost less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and get to your grocery store. Need I say more?!
5. The Economy
Buying food seasonally supports the local farmers helping grow the local economy.
What’s in season now?
If you can’t head to your local farmers market to explore the beautiful variety of colors and flavors of late spring/summer foods, here’s a quick list:
Plus one of my all time favorites: asparagus!
Why do I love asparagus? It is full of health benefits and so simple to prepare for a quick dinner side dish.
Full of antioxidants, it helps slow down the aging process. Full of fiber, it slows down digestion helping you lose weight. Full of folate, chromium, Vitamins A, C, E, and K, it helps you have consistent energy. Who doesn’t love all those reasons?!
It is so simple to prepare. Below is my quick and easy solution to a side dish for any meal. Pair it with grilled chicken or salmon to make a simple, yet perfect summertime dinner. Use leftovers on a salad the next day.
Roasted Asparagus SAVE RECIPE
1 bunch of asparagus, ends removed
2 T olive oil
Dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano
Lay asparagus spears on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt, ground pepper, minced garlic, and dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano. Roast at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes.