Beanie and ugg boot weather is upon us and as well as loving my hot cacao every morning, red wine by the fire and a genuine excuse to wear my Wellington boots everywhere I go... I also love the change in season bringing a new batch of delicious fresh produce to create with.
Buying 'in season' is beneficial for a couple of reasons...
It's cost effective - if you love being healthy but also want to watch your wallet, foods that are in season grow in abundance so are able to be sourced more readily and are cheaper at the check out
more nutritious - foods in season are growing in the time that they flourish and are harvested when at their best. There is little to no need for genetic modification and over use of pesticides and chemicals to get the produce to its peak. So you end up with fruit and veg grown and harvested in its natural state that tend to taste a lot juicier, sweeter, richer, they retain way more flavour!
variety - eating in a seasonal manner means that across the year you with get a heap of different fresh foods into your system, which fuels your body with a wide variety of macro and micronutrients and vitamins and minerals all with different positive heath benefits - way to benefit your microbiome!
immune boosting - so many of the foods in the list below are excellent immune boosters and including them daily or even weekly in your diet will help you avoid catching nasty bugs. Citrus fruits, leafy green veggies, herbs and spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric and parsley are my top picks for keeping the bugs away
shop your local - the local farmer's market is my favourite place to shop, not only am I helping support small farmers directly but in most cases if it's not in season then they don't have it
Asian Greens - bok choy, pak choy, choy sum
Potatoes - all types including sweet potato
Winter Herbs + Spices