Fruits and vegetables always taste better when they are in season and harvested at the peak of freshness. Eating seasonally is beneficial for many reasons...
1. It saves you money.
When you buy food that is in season, you buy food that is at the peak of it's supply, which means it costs less for farmers and distribution companies to harvest it and get it to your local grocer.
2. It is more healthy.
Seasonal produce is grown more locally, so there is less transportation time needed and less likelihood that your produce has been sitting in a cargo box for days/weeks. It is also harvested at the peak of its season, which means that all of the flavonoids and powerful phytonutrients are in ample supply. Creating this habit also encourages a more diverse plate. Eating the rainbow is beneficial to our health in a lot of ways, but it is especially nourishing to our digestive health. Introducing new fiber-rich fruits and vegetables into your diet that you may not have eaten regularly before will be a welcomed treat to your gut microbiome!
3. It supports local farmers.
Since this produce is often grown and harvested close by, you can guarantee that you are supporting the farmers in your community. To be even more sure, shop at your local farmers market or produce stand. It is always a good idea to #supportlocal, however and whenever you can.
I like to keep things simple and enjoyable when it comes to nutrition, so to make it easier for you to plan your meals and make your grocery list while still fueling your health with your food choices rather than fighting it, I created this seasonal produce manual. I hope that it inspires you to prepare and eat foods that nourish the health of you and your family!
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Now that you have the list, what will you do to prepare them? There are so many delicious recipes that incorporate these Fall favorites. This one is a staple in my kitchen every year that Autumn rolls around, and I hope that it will become one for your home as well. Enjoy!