Eating Seasonal Fruits and Veggies Really IS Healthier

It’s August.

It’s hot.

We’re all in committed relationships with our AC and have been for weeks.

Although Fall is right around the corner, it’s not here yet.

I cannot wait for the cooler days, the crisp in the air, wearing sweaters and huddling over a bowl of soup.

But!

We’re not there yet! We’ve sitll got a few more weeks to enjoy what is left of the summer, and while the days are hot, the produce is still oh so cool!

And, guys and gals, let me tell you- I love the summer’s bounty. As much as I am looking forward to fall weather, there is nothing like an August peach. Nothing.

In our increasingly global society, we can still get peaches in the middle of February flown in from who knows where (somewhere warmer than here, I’ll give you a clue!).

But tell me, when was the last time you bit into a peach in February that was so juicy your face, hands and arms were instantly dripping? Or enjoyed an icy cold watermelon bursting with flavor?

Seasonal produce not only tastes better, it is actually better for you.

After produce is picked, it starts to lose nutrients. Some immediately, some after a few days or weeks. The sooner it gets to you, the more nutrients it has.

When that peach is picked only a few miles away, it arrives at your local Farmers’ Market in mere hours, and your grocery store within days.

Plenty of nutrients still intact.

Not to mention that peach is plucked at the absolute peak of ripeness, it’s had all the time it needs to mature and develop all the vitamins ans minerals.

When that peach is picked (green and hard still) on the other side of the equator and shipped in (hard and green still), it doesn’t get to you until several days, perhaps even weeks later.

Not a lot of nutrients intact still.

Choosing local, seasonal ingredients is also kinder to the enviornment and reduces the carbon footprint of the foods you eat (think of the fuel to fly something halfway across the world, vs the fuel to drive it from your local orchard).

Eating seasonally is also beneficial for your wallet- abundant, nutrient rich produce that doesn’t have hefty fuel charges worked in costs a lot less.

Check out this seasonality guide below to get a feel for the best time to buy your faves:

I love eating fresh produce! And the fact that fresh fruits and veggies contain more nutrients is a huge plus! Check out this post and see what seasons contain your favorite fruits and veggies. I was surprised by a few of them!

From Visual.ly

Craving the juicy goodness of a fresh peach in the middle of winter? Opt for frozen- these little gems are picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen quickly.

Plenty of nutrients still intact.

In fact, freezing fruits and veggies helps them to keep their nutrients intact longer and in some cases, frozen produce actually has more nutrients than fresh.

Want to learn more about seasonal eating and develop your own, anti-inflammatory, seasonal meal plan? Learn how here.

 

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