27 Sep EatFit this Spring by eating in season
There is definitely something about eating foods that are in season. Perhaps it is instinctive as the weather changes so does the motivation to eat certain types of foods.
There are many wonderful reasons to eat seasonal produce, not only does it provide more flavour, it contains all the essential goodies and avoids early picking, cooking and heating the drastically reduces not only the flavour but the vitamin and mineral content.
As spring is here and summer is only just around the corner many of us are looking to eat foods that are lighter, healthier and provide us with more energy.
Here are our top tips on choosing seasonal produce:
- Support Your Immune System:
- Choose foods that are in season as vitamin and mineral content is optimal. Spring offers loads of greens that are great for liver health. Summer fruits such as berries are high in anti-oxidants that are known to benefit health and well-being.
- Why wouldn’t you choose food that tastes better? It has undergone natural ripening processes so its packed full of all those amazing nutrients – vitamins and minerals.
- Support Your Body’s Natural Cycle:
- Nature is always supporting us! Transitioning from one season to another with summer on the way staying hydrated and cool by eating foods that are dense in water such as cucumbers, berries and leafy veggies. Spring is a great time to support the liver with leafy greens and in doing so regulate the body’s energy.
- Support Local:
- Local farmers and farmers markets, produce and specialist shops are great places to start for your seasonal produce.
- Support the Environment:
- Eating in season reduces pollution by decreasing the time your food travels from farm to plate.
- Pesticide Free:
- Seasonal produce means its in its natural environment and thus reduces the need for pesticides, preservatives and other chemicals that are required to make produce look more appealing to the eye.
- Optimum Nutrition:
- In season produce as mentioned above means more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which contribute to your health and well-being.
Foods that are in Season in Spring
Apples, Avocado, Asparagus, Bananas, Blueberries, Kiwi, Lemon, Pineapples, Strawberries, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Watermelon
Artichoke, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Capsicum, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel, Parsnip, Peas, Pumpkin, Silverbeet, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Zucchini