Your body is a beautiful, complex piece of machinery. Put in the best fuel and you will reap the rewards. No doubt, eating organic and locally has its benefits. But did you know you can up your nutrition game even more by eating seasonally? We’ve outlined some of the top reasons for switching to a seasonal produce rotation. You’ll find that it’s not only good for you, but that it benefits your community too.
1. It’s a Matter of Taste
Sun-ripened tomatoes versus heat lamp varieties? Hmm.That’s a toughie (not)! Trust us on this one, eating seasonal produce makes a huge difference in the quality of your dishes. It’s something the world’s best chefs use to their advantage. Think about it! When you go to a great restaurant, notice how the menu changes depending on the month. The artists in the kitchen are tailoring their dishes to include only to the freshest ingredients. Why should your household be any different?
2.Seasonal is Better for the Planet
We’ve grown accustomed to the idea that we can have strawberries year round. However, enjoying a shortcake during the off season means your favorite fruit has to be shipped to your local grocery store from other parts of the world. This not only leaves a greater carbon footprint, but it also negatively affects the flavor of your food. Plus, seasonal produce doesn’t usually need the assistance of pesticides or GMOs. Timely produce usually equals organic, which equals better health for you and your family!
3. Save a Pretty Penny
You’re going to love this aspect of seasonal shopping. Buying locally sourced, organic fruits and vegetables actually saves you money. It seems ridiculous – higher quality products usually translate to greater expense. However, the abundance of the crop makes it cheaper than the “mutant veggies” designed to withstand the long ride across the country.
Farmers markets are a great place for weekly shopping. By buying from a family-owned and operated farm, you’re supporting local businesses and stimulating your community’s economy. The more we “vote with our dollars,” the more quality, organic produce will become the norm, and that’s great news on both a micro and macro scale!
4. Learn to Cook, Spend Time Together
Okay, so the only “downside” of eating seasonally is that it forces you to dust off those culinary skills. However, try to look at it as an opportunity instead of a burden.
Dining together improves family life! It sounds a little old fashioned, but it’s traditional in the best sense of the word. For the majority of civilization, people gathered around food… it was the most important element of daily life. Family dinner acted as a bonding ritual that slowed things down and forced everyone to take stock of their day. Even if a home-cooked meal isn’t feasible on a nightly basis, committing to a sit-down dinner three times a week can be a great way to bring your busy crew together. Plus, when you know exactly what goes into your dinner, you exercise greater control over your health.
You don’t have to do it alone! Get your kids in on the fun. Teaching them to cook seasonally will arm them with necessary life skills and promote healthy habits. Buy healthy, eat happy!
So what do you think, health nuts? What are your favourite seasonal recipes? Do you have any tips for shopping locally? Leave your tidbits in the comments.
About the Author
Cassie Brewer is a freelance writer in Southern California. As a beauty and health enthusiast, she loves to eat organic foods and support her local community. She also contributes to Fair and Flawless.