Winter Squash Soup

Winter Squash Soup – New Year Food Recipe

With the start of this 2017 year, I have been reflecting on this ever-popular idea of New Year’s Resolutions. We tend to speed so fast at the year’s starting line on January 1st toward better health, financial stability, or renewed relationships (all of which are incredible things). Our momentum is 100%-all-in to create change. We can for sure do this. Then, a couple of months into the race, we often times lose a bit of speed, and some of us even stop racing. We let go of the resolution— the commitment to ourselves— to do something differently.

What makes us lose steam? Often, it is one or both of two things: challenge and value (or lack thereof). Change is hard— I get it. We are creatures of habit, as the adage goes. Here’s the thing, though. If something is not working well, not lifting us up or helping lift up others, change is necessary.

Are you living a daily lifestyle that creates the best version of you? If yes, keep going, friend! If not, it is time to start reflecting on where change will be a positive thing in your life.

If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.

Value is required to make our priorities. We focus our attention, money, and time on the individuals and things that ultimately bring value to our lives. I classify people, obligations, material things, etc. by their levels of AV (a.k.a Added Value). Is this relationship an AV one, or does it cause more pain? Does this activity I have been doing for the past year have AV, or do I feel uneasy about going each week? AV is a method of deciphering priorities. This idea of AV is not just for you and me personally, but we can use it to measure how much value we add to the world.

So when it comes to resolutions, think about the AV things you want in your life. Write them down, and next to them, scribble down the steps it will take to get there. One foot in front of the other, my friends. And eventually, this effort will lead to habit, which morphs into a lifestyle. You are changing your life one decision at a time.

 

Cheers to Your New Year, New Goal!

To help you on your journey, fill your soul (and tummy!) with comfort and warmth. This Squash Soup is just the ticket to a successful goal-setting evening!

 

Print Recipe
Winter Squash Soup
Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Vegan | Paleo | Pescetarian | Crockpot recipes are the best! All you do is add everything to a pot, go about your day, and when you come back, you will have a full meal for days!
Winter Squash Soup
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4-8 Hours, depending on crockpot time
Servings
Big Crockpot Full!
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4-8 Hours, depending on crockpot time
Servings
Big Crockpot Full!
Winter Squash Soup
Instructions
  1. Peel the skin off the butternut and acorn squashes.
  2. Chop the carrots, sweet potato, and onion.
  3. Toss all ingredients together (except pumpkin seeds) in a crockpot. Simmer on high for 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours.
  4. When you are ready to enjoy, put as much soup as you want to eat in a blender, and puree. Top with pumpkin seeds, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*If you want a thicker, chunkier chili, use 1 cup of broth. With a thinner soup, use 2 cups of broth.

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Asian detox stir fry-The Best Cleanse Food

Asian Detox Stir-Fry, The Best Cleanse Food!

Happy New Year, friends! How were your celebrations? Mine was so wonderful–my sweet friend got married at a winery in Dahlonega, and it was the most beautiful wedding. I just love weddings.

Now that the year is starting anew, it’s time for a detox. My mom has always said, “If not now, when?” So now it is. Once or twice a year, I will do the Standard Process 21-Day detox to reset my body. This detox program is truly amazing because it cleans the body at a cellular level, and the basis is all whole foods. We love those whole foods over here at MTF!

Speaking of Whole Foods, we have some exciting news to share! More Than Food is collaborating with Whole Foods Atlanta for some amazing events and social media fun this year! Once a week during the month of January, MTF will take over the @wholefoodsatl Instagram with a new recipe created especially for Whole Foods Atlanta (so be sure to follow them for updates). It’s pretty much a dream come true–I mean, who wouldn’t want to work alongside WF? I am the most excited!

Because this week begins the detox, I wanted to create a meal that is cleanse-appropriate and nourishing. Plus, it was raining and cold outside this weekend, so my body screamed, “comfort food!” Stir-fry dishes are always warm, super flavorful, and practically foolproof (and truly just so easy to whip up), so Asian food for the win.

I hope you enjoy this savory meal on your couch in your PJ’s wrapped in a blanket with a great movie and your best friend (or your dog, which is essentially the same thing, right?).

 

Disclosure: I have a partnership with Whole Foods Market and was compensated for my work, but all words and opinions are my own.
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Asian All-Veggie Stir-Fry
Gluten-free | Paleo | Vegan | This dish is made of all veggies and flavor. It's a great vegan dish if you are seeking one 🙂
Asian detox stir fry-The Best Cleanse Food
Course Just Veggin'
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Just Veggin'
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Asian detox stir fry-The Best Cleanse Food
Instructions
  1. Rice the cauliflower --> Chop into small pieces. In two batches, toss cauliflower in a food processor to grind it into "rice". **
  2. Chop all of the other veggies into small pieces.
  3. Saute the onion in 1/2 tbs of coconut oil in a large pan until they turn slightly brown.
  4. Add 1/2 the cauliflower and veggies to the pan with coconut aminos, other 1/2 tbs of coconut oil, and spices. Slowly add the remaining cauliflower to dish as the other veggies cook down a bit (we don't want the pan to overflow!). If you are using the honey, stir into veggies at the end.
  5. Enjoy when warm 🙂
Recipe Notes

**If you want to skip this step, simply grab a container of the WF 365 Brand of Riced Cauliflower, and the hard part is already done for you!

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Reasons I detox

Why I Yoga

Reasons I detox

 

I am going to be honest–I tried yoga so many times and never got into it. In college, I even took a semester of yoga where we practiced and studied the art from the original Tibetan Yogis (my instructor was super legit and actually practiced with them). Becca–one of my besties—tried to get me to practice (knowing my inclination toward stress). Emily—another one of my besties—invited me to yoga with her on the reg, as it was her get-away and sanctuary. I just couldn’t be persuaded (albeit their–and my own–best efforts).

Why I Didn’t Yoga

  • The practice slowed me down too much. I had to be still, focus on breath, and let go of all the things happening in my brain and in my world. That was way too hard.
  • Give me an overly heavyweight to thrust over my head, no problem.
  • Give me a to-do list to accomplish in 12 hours that really takes 18 hours to complete, I got that.
  • Tell me to run to the other side of the state for a charity, that’s a breeze (well, sort of…).
  • But gently ask me to sit still and concentrate on my breaths-to-movements, now that is asking a lot.

The Real Issue In My Detoxing

My brain would not quiet, which shed some light on the reality of my attitude and life at the time. I was all about going, going, going (probably faster than the Energizer Bunny himself), when what I needed was to pause, stop, and sit. I remember a client came back into the office after a long hiatus, and he looked great, super rested, toned, and alert. What was he doing to get to this level of health? “I slowed down,” he said. “When I stopped trying to do so much, my body started feeling better. I got stronger. So now I focus on staying calm and listening to my body.”

Impressive–That’s what I wanted, and I knew at the surface he was 100% right. But the deepest part of my busy core fought that notion.

 

Fast Forward: Why I Choose Yoga

#WhyIYoga

Becca moved to Atlanta and started teaching at a local studio. “Just come and try it with me!” Well, it’s active, and I like anything active, so I’ll try it.”

Friends, I was hooked. Something about that class proved to me:

  • Yoga practice was more than just sitting in a still focus.
  • It required core, strength, and stability. So I continued to go, and ironically (although God is far from ironic with His timing).
  • That is when my idea of a calmer life started to become my reality (because this crazy overly busy lifestyle thing is absolutely not sustainable, especially if I plan to be around this life until I am 95)

#WhyIYoga–>This is the motto at my studio. For me, yoga exercises:

  • Helped increase my core strength, which has stepped up my boxing game and has also sent me leaps and bounds ahead in my voice lessons.
  • My vocal coach said, “Yoga has strengthened your core so much that you are hitting notes you’ve never hit!” Great, I’ll take that.
  • Yoga has also been good for my mind–it strengthens the patience I must carry for my own body.

 

Conclusions

Everyone has reasons for yoga-ing is different. Some of us need energy, while others need calm. Still, others appreciate the strength, and some love the stretch. At the end of the day, though, we all yoga because it brings us back to our bodies, our cores.

Try yoga. It can be whatever you need it to be for you. It is an amazing practice. Bend a little, and trust the process.

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How to Deseed a Pomegranate

How to DeSeed a Pomegranate

How to Deseed a Pomegranate

 

Let’s talk pomegranates. They are:

  • delicious
  • packed with nutrients (who knew those little nuggets could be made of so many good things– Vitamins K, C, B, Folate, Phosphorus, etc.) and
  • indicative that fall/winter are on their way (pomegranate season grows from October through February)!

Here’s the thing with them, though. These seeds are a bit stubborn. Oh, and they can stain everything. May I persuade you to see there is another way to ensure a stain-free method to the goodness at the other end?? Because there is a way to enjoy the seeds practically hassle-free! Just following these steps. I promise–they’re worth the reward when you have a massive bowl-full of tiny red edible rubies. Here are the simple things on how to remove pomegranate seeds.


You’ll need these things:

  • Cutting board (darker the better, so the red color from the seeds is more easily hidden)
  • Sharp knife
  • Bowl of water (big enough to fit both of your hands and a pomegranate)
  • A pomegranate

Step 1. Cut the pomegranate into 4 pieces.
Step 2. Dunk the pomegranate into the water, seed-side facing down.
Step 3. Underwater, pick out the seeds and let them fall to the bottom of the bowl.
Step 4. Once all seeds are extracted, pour out the water from the bowl (use your hand as a guard to keep the seeds from falling out).

And you’re done! It is as easy as that–No red-dye mess. No time-consuming and labor-intensive work, just ease. And a delicious reminder of the chilly air and holidays approaching.

Pomegranate recipe: Dairy-free | Gluten-free | Vegan

Enjoy, friends!

 

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Personal Nutrition Advising

What Are the Best Food Sources of Minerals and Vitamins?

best natural food source supplements and vitamins

 

Have you ever wanted to know which foods provide high sources of certain minerals and vitamins? Check out this list for a quick reference of food choices you can make to balance out your internal nutrient levels. Remember, food comes exactly as God intended (i.e. with all of the components of that mineral or vitamin), so be sure to eat it in its whole-food form.

Vitamin A
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
  • (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
  • Orange Bell Peppers
  • Winter Squash
Vitamin B
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Organ Mets (pasture-raised)
  • Cauliflower
  • Pasture Eggs
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
Vitamin C
  • Swiss Chard
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Fruits: Papaya, Strawberries
  • Apples, Oranges
Vitamin D
  • The Sun!
  • Pasture-Raised Animal (Organ) Meat
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Lard (Pasture-Raised, Pork Fat)
  • Oysters
Vitamin E
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon
  • Raw Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
  • (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
Vitamin K
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Mustard & Collard Greens
Calcium
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Raw Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
Sulfur
  • Pasture Eggs
  • Onions
  • Wheat Germ
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Garlic
Potassium
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Raw Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Bananas
Iodine
  • Raw, Grass-fed Butter
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Wild-Caught Scallops/Cod/ Tuna/Salmon
  • Pastured Eggs
  • Raw, Grass-fed Yogurt
Magnesium
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Raw Almonds
  • Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables
  • (Spinach, Kale, Beet Greens, Bok Choy, Collard Greens)
  • Raw Cacao Powder or Nibs
  • Avocados
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon and Mackerel
  • Squash
  • Fruits: Papaya, Raspberries, Tomato, Cantaloupe, Strawberries
Phosphorus
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Wild-Caught Scallops/ Cod/ Tuna/ Salmon
  • Lentils
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Kefir or Yogurt
  • Quinoa
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Butter
Zinc
  • Grass-Fed Red Meat
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Oysters
  • Sesame/ Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cashews
Manganese
  • Cloves
  • Spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Swiss Chard
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
Copper
  • Kale
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cashews
  • Mushrooms
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Beets
  • Lentils
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  • Liver
  • Oysters
  • Grass-Fed Red Meats
  • Lentils
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Raw Almonds
Selenium
  • Raw Brazil Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Raw, Grass-Fed Butter
  • Wild-Caught Salmon
  • Pasture-Raised Chicken or Turkey
  • Mushrooms

*World’s Healthiest Foods and Dr. Mercola’s articles were utilized to help create some of the content for this article.

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how to make beets salad

3 Ways On How to Make Beets Salad (They’re Easy!)

how to make beets salad

Benefits of Eating Beets

Beets — they are just oh so important! Why do I love them (and therefore why should you)?

  1. Detox Food — Beets are nutritionally powerful in their detox abilities. They help thin the bile from the gallbladder to move toxins through and out of the body. If you have a tan-colored stool, you need to eat some beets because the tan color means your bile is too thick.
  2. Natural Source of Nutrients — Beets are packed with essential nutrients like Vitamin C and B, Manganese, Potassium, and Fiber.
  3. Cardio~ Beets support blood pressure levels and the cardiovascular system.Beet Salad More Than Food
  4. Anti-inflammatory Food Source — Phytonutrients in beets help decrease inflammation throughout the body, which takes pressure off the joints, organs, and all affected areas.
  5. Easy Food Preparation — Beets are super easy to prepare (see below!).
  6. It’s Tasty! — Beets have an earthy and sweet taste that goes well on a salad, as a side with a white fish or poultry, or as a stand-alone topped with some lime and balsamic vinegar.

Also, beet leaves have an incredible amount of nutrients (if not more than the beets themselves), so don’t let those go to waste! Toss them in a smoothie or salad for some superfood support.

Important Reminder: if you eat beets for the first time ever or in a while, your poop will be dark/red. Don’t be alarmed 🙂

 

To prepare beets:

  1. Buy organic beets (red or yellow/orange).
  2. Wash.
  3. Slice off top and bottom of beet.
  4. Chop/Cube like you do a potato.

 

Option 1: 

  • Boil about 2 inches of water in a big pot.
  • Place steamer in the pot.
  • Steam beets for about 15-20 min, until soft.

 

Option 2: 

  • Place beets on a baking sheet (no foil) with coconut oil + spices (salt, pepper, or rosemary)
  • Stir up every 10 min or so.
  • Bake for 30-35 min, or until soft.

 

Option 3:

  • Spiralize beets raw for a salad or side dish OR
  • Chop raw beets, and place in a food processor to make finely chopped or minced for a salad or side dish

Recipe Note:

Gluten-Free | Paleo | Vegan | Pescetarian | Dairy-Free

Enjoy beets a few times a week for added health benefits! Happy nomming!

 

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3 Tips for Easy Grocery Shopping Made Easy!

3 grocery shopping tips

 

Do you ever make it to the store and feel utterly overwhelmed by the plethora of options and/or people? Or do you simply avoid the shopping chore altogether for this very reason? (Although, I must say I am quite the opposite, and I thoroughly enjoy my shopping trips. It’s like therapy for me — my sister thinks I am slightly crazy, too.)

If you are someone who dreads the store’s challenges, have no more fear, my friend. Grocery shopping for food can be a breeze if you have a plan. So let’s make a shopping plan, shall we? Follow these three guidelines to ensure easier and more pleasant shopping experiences.

1. Come with a shopping list – prepare a weekly meal plan. 

grocery shopping list

Make a list of the meals and the ingredients you plan to enjoy that week. Just focus on the next 7 days. Choose 2 breakfast options, 1-2 lunch options, and 2-3 dinner options. Mix and match, make leftovers, utilize some of the same ingredients for Tuesday’s lunch as you do for Thursday’s dinner.

Plan your recipes, and write down what you’ll need. Then, head to the grocery store on a mission, pen, and paper in hand (trying desperately to bring back the art of writing things down). Walk through the doors, take a breath, and conquer your task in just about 30 minutes (if that!).

 

grocery store produce area2. Shop the perimeter of the store.

The healthiest foods are located on the walls of the grocery store. The veggies, fruits, meats, raw cheeses, fish — all of the foods that will give life to your body. The aisles, on the other hand, are packed with foods that are bagged, packaged, and canned. Many of these choices need to have longer shelf-lives, so companies add ingredients to them to extend the food’s Use-By dates. Unfortunately, many of these preservative ingredients do their jobs all too well and preserve the foods all too well — meaning that the food gets preserved all too well in our guts, which is not the healthiest for our bodies. Instead, it is best to fill our bodies with life-giving foods, so stick with the outskirts of the shops as much as possible.

 

3. Eat before you shop. eating healthy snack

This step is a must. Truly, if I walk around a store filled with food when I am hungry, things get worse because I want all the food. Also, as we walk through the store with an empty stomach, we tend to grab for the foods we crave at the moment (and when our blood sugar crashes a bit, we mostly just want the sugary things — Dang sugar). So have a snack of protein and/or healthy fat before heading to the grocery store, so you stick with your list. 🙂

Options for snacks: nuts, fruit, seeds, raw cheese, whole milk/plain grass-fed yogurt, pasture-raised meat slices. You can also make healthy snacks by following my easy and yummy recipes.

 

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diy airplane food pack

What to Bring for Food on a Plane

diy airplane food pack

 

Food at the airport — what comes to your brain when you think about this topic? While I am super grateful when there are healthier options. I really just think it is easier to pack my own foods. My mom thinks I’m a little crazy, but whatevs. Preparing my own food pack or snack for an airplane ride in a trendy lunch bag is certainly cheaper. I know what ingredients are used in my food, and I can continue my people-watching escapade uninterrupted without having to scrounge around the airport terminal for a meal. But to each her own.

Easy Steps for DIY Airplane Food Snack – Foods On-The-Go

If you want an alternative to the beloved airport food, follow the below steps and suggestions.

  1. Plan your adventure.
  2. Plan what kind of food you will need to pack— snack? breakfast? lunch? dinner?
  3. Pack foods that are easily edible or package well.
    • BPA-free plastic and glass containers come in various sizes. Easy travel-buddies!
    • Carry food in a small, reusable lunch bag to keep everything fresh and free of bruises.
    • Toss in a small ice pack to keep foods chilled (you can get these at most grocery or kitchen stores)
  4. Make everyone else in the airport jealous of your healthy and free(ish) foods.
  5. Then, offer to share with them, so they can be healthy, too 🙂

Healthy Travel Food Suggestions — Your Next Airplane Food Snack!

Food options: GOAL —> easy to bite or pop food in your mouth when on the move

  • Fruit: apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, pears, berries, cherries, watermelon
  • Veggies: raw and pre-sliced carrots, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower
  • Homemade container of hummus or almond butter (scoop 2 tbs in one of those containers we mentioned above)
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Avocado (all you need is a fork to cut the avocado in half and a spoon to scoop out the inside)
  • Pre-made coconut wrap with almond butter + banana
  • Organic/ Free-range turkey or chicken breast wrapped with raw cheese slices
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Homemade bars
  • Store-bought bars (these are my favorite brands when in a pinch): Amazing Grass Green Superfood, Lara Bars, Go Raw, Organic Food Bar Active Greens

 

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Food When Stuck in Airport

What To Eat When Stuck in the Airport?

Food When Stuck in Airport

 

Happy Fall! Where the heck did the summer go? My teacher friends are already talking about finals and Fall Breaks. You always hear that as you get older, time seems to go by faster. How fast is it going to go when I am double my age?! That is why living— and actually experiencing life— is so important.

So, flying this summer was a bit of a fiasco for me. I think I bring bad luck (and weather) to airports. But what am I going to do? I am at the mercy of mother nature and the flight controllers. Alas. One of the great challenges of flying, in general, is finding healthy food options. If you are traveling soon, for sure check out my post on What to bring for food on the plane.

But what happens when you have no control and get diverted to two different airports and are subjected to an airport gate that has 2 restaurants and 1 convenience store?

My old reaction was to get anxious and frustrated with the food options (or lack thereof). Here is the thing, though— in those moments, I had no control over the situation. None. I mean, if I could have summoned a Whole Foods into the food court at that moment, by all means, I would have done it. But unfortunately I haven’t spent enough time practicing that skill at Hogwarts, so I had to work within my means (without anxiety and frustration).

Checklist For Healthy Food Travels

Firstly, I reassured myself that whatever I was going to eat would be the best option I could choose at the time (remember from My Journey, I am a recovering perfectionist). Secondly, I scoped out my options. What were my options that could give me some sort of true sustenance?

Whether you are stuck in an airport or at a restaurant, attending a party, or in a setting where you are trying to figure out what to eat when you don’t have full control, go through this checklist in your brain:

  1. Are there any veggie options?
  2. Choose real foods that have a life.
  3. Avoid the processed/fried/sugar-laden options.
  4. Go raw if you can.

So what does that leave as options?

  • Raw nuts (or roasted if there are really limited options)
  • Fruit (there are always bananas, apples, and/or oranges somewhere at the airport),
  • Salads (ask them to top your salad with all of the veggies they have and avocado if they have it; also, toss with the raw nuts you got from the convenience store!),
  • See if there are any raw carrots or the little veggie dishes in the ridge section at the convenience store.
  • Remember to drink lots of water when flying because your body will be dehydrated. Water will also help move all the things through your body quickly, so you won’t experience indigestion (if that’s a thing for you). Also, remember to be gracious with your body— you are doing the best you can without a whole lot of control. So take authority over your food choice, and make the best decision possible. Then, drink your water while you people-watch, and enjoy the gift of a moment to yourself.

 

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eating seasonally

How Do We Eat According to Nature?

eating seasonally

 

As seasons change, so as the fresh foods and produce in every season. It gives us the perfect opportunity to practice eating seasonally. Seasonal Eating offers lots of health benefits and saves your wallet! This is the perfect time to get creative and experiment recipes you can do with those fresh seasonal foods.

Understanding Nature Cycle & Seasonal Foods We Eat

One of my favorite times of year is the season changes. Now, Fall is my absolute favorite because that means warm chai lattes, sweaters and boots, apple picking, pumpkin patches, and cinnamon-flavored everything. The autumn season also comes with some of the most delicious and soul-soothing foods like squash and pumpkins, and it is so great to be able to go to the market every week for this fresh produce.

Nature has a point in having certain foods peak in freshness at different times throughout the year. For instance, these Fall seasonal produce (like apples) are starchy and filling and usually prepared warm, like in soups and stews. That is because during the colder months, our bodies need more insulation to keep warm, and these foods internally warm up our bodies.

Spring foods are usually leafy green veggies that help our body detox, alkalize and shed extra weights we gained after a long winter of heavier foods we eat.

During these hot Summer months, summer foods like watermelon help our bodies get warm and sweat out a portion of our water supply (especially if you live in the South!). Because watermelon is mostly made of water, it is incredibly hydrating when we need a thirst-quencher. Eating light and veggie/fruit based meals is preferred in the hot months for more of a physiological reason that you may have even realized.

 

Benefits of Eating Seasonally

1. Supports Our Body’s Seasonal Nutrition Needs. Nature knows best about what our bodies need and they help us get the proper nourishment that our body needs in every season (as explained above).

2. Save your money and supports local farmer’s market — This is one of the many reasons why shopping at the local farmer’s market is so important. Farmers provide us with the foods that are growing at that time and in their ripest state, so we know we are getting produce that is a) highly nutritious and b) equally delicious!

If you go to your grocery store during the Winter months and find that strawberries are exuberantly priced, you will know they are probably not in season and have been sourced (most likely) from super far away. But if you check back, say, come April or May of the following year, these sweet little berries will be priced more fairly because they are in season. So eating seasonally is not only the most nourishing for your body, but it also helps save on your budget.

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Check out your local farmer’s market for the in-season foods to fill your plate with nutrients!

3. Freshness, Higher nutrition Value and Much Tasteful! Produce that is harvested and purchased in their season are much fresher since they are consumed near to it’s harvested date; compared to those fruits and vegetables that require travels which needs a preservative to last long until they are consumed (which are more likely in commercial markets and grocery stores). Also, seasonal produce are picked and harvested when they are fully developed so they have higher nutritional value like antioxidants (Vitamin C), folate and carotene. They are also tastier, sweeter.

4. Pesticide-Free/ Pure Organic In Nature. These seasonal foods that are grown in the season do not require much human-assistance like pesticides, preservatives and other harmful chemicals that are applied to have appealing products to the market.

 

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