Seasonal eating is one thing that I don’t always take full advantage of simply because I don’t remember what is in season. Now a'days we are able to buy a lot of fruits and vegetables year-round, so it isn't crucial to know exactly what's in season. But there's actually some great benefits to eating with the seasons. Some include:
-You save money. The produce is at it’s peak season and it’s plentiful.
-You support local farmers.
-Your produce is fresher and therefore has a higher nutritional content by the time you get your hands on it.
-You get the specific nutrition your body needs based on the season. For example: more Vitamin C and warming foods like squash in the winter, and more carotenoid-filled fruit to protect us from sun damage in the summer.
-Seasonal produce tastes better. I mean is there honestly anything better than fresh watermelon, strawberries, or peaches in the summertime?
I’ve created a handy little guide below to make seasonal eating easier this summer. You can print it out, take it to the store, pin it on your fridge, or just save it to your computer as a reference. I hope it helps to keep your body happy and thriving with fresh seasonal food.