Eat Seasonally This Spring – It’s Better For You and Your Wallet
As of Monday it’s officially spring! I think the first day of spring brought all of the pollen and sinus problems along with it. I’ll take the yuck that’s in the air as long as I can get the host of spring produce that’s headed our way! Eating foods that are in season is important and carries benefits to your health, the planet, and your wallet. Here are some of them.
You Can Save a Ton of Money and Eat Better, Healthier Food
Eating fresh, healthy food doesn’t always have to be expensive. When foods are in season, there plentiful and readily available which means easier on your wallet. When the food is in season it costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and get to your local grocery store. It may seem like common sense but it’s easy to ignore when we’re shopping.
The best part of eating what is in season is that these foods are at their peak, it’s the best tasting, healthiest food available. Foods that are grown closer to you won’t spoil as easily, it’s harvested at the peak of its season, and sold during its season. This means your getting produce that didn’t have time to lose their flavor or health benefits by sitting around in boxes on a trip from across the ocean.
This is another thing to think about. When you buy foods that are out of season, they have to be shipped or imported in. These foods are usually harvested prior to their peak so that they survive the trip. As a result, these foods are more expensive, don’t taste as good, and have likely lost some of it’s nutrients.
You’ll Be Supporting Your Local Economy
You can eat seasonally without eating locally. Just because you buy seasonal doesn’t mean that a huge distribution company won’t harvest it early and store it in a warehouse for a while. Your best bet is to buy locally. You’ll have a better chance of getting foods that are seasonal, fresh, and support local farmers and businesses in your community.
Shop at a local farmer’s market or food co-op or support a local farmer by signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project.
Variety, Variety, Variety
One of the things I see people struggling with on a regular basis is lack of variety in their diet! It’s easy to get stuck in a food rut, trust me, but try your best to not get stuck there for too long. When you’re not eating a variety of foods, you could be missing out on essential nutrients your body needs to function properly.
One perk of eating what’s in season is that you also get a broader variety of foods in your diet. These foods will perk-up your plate and dishes that you may not have otherwise explored. This will help you eat a more well-rounded and balanced diet.
Spring Produce That’s Currently In Season:
- Bitter Melon
- Butter Lettuce
- Chayote Squash
- Collard Greens
- Fava Beans
- Green Beans
- Red Leaf Lettuce
- Snow Peas
- Swiss Chard
- Vidalia Onions
Do you have any favorite spring dishes using the foods above? We’d love to hear some of your recipes!