As the weather changes from season to season, the variety of fruits and vegetables available changes as well. As you know, Dr. Sebi always advocated making fresh produce the basis of your daily diet, and making sure that those fruits and vegetables are in season have a lot of benefits for your health, your wallet and the environment! Here are 5 reasons why you should try to eat seasonally:
1) Better Taste and More Nutrition. It's not your imagination: there is a reason why seasonal produce tastes fresher, sweeter and crispier! When fruits and vegetables are in season, they get naturally ripened and harvested at the right time, keeping all their flavor and nutrition intact. On the contrary, when not in season, the produce has to be harvested early and kept in refrigeration so it doesn't spoil during transportation, and then be heated in a hothouse to artificially ripen it before it goes onto the shelves. Anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, and minerals such as folate decline rapidly when produce is stored for long periods of time, and all this process also causes changes in taste, texture, and freshness. This April, Seville oranges will be fresher, tangier, and even more delicious, so try this "Orange Julius" smoothie to brighten up your morning and give your immune system a boost!
2) Cheaper. If you're consuming fruits and vegetables that are not in season in your region, they have to be sourced from locations with different climates, thus increasing their cost due to traveling and storage expenses. But when farmers are harvesting a large abundance of produce because the crop is in season, the cost of the produce will go down, making it cheaper for you. It's a win-win for your health and your wallet. Mushrooms are in season this Spring, and this Healthy "Fried" Rice is extraordinarily easy to make in large batches for all your family and friends, making this recipe even more budget-friendly.
3) Avoid Pesticides and Other Contamination. When your food is sourced from other locations, you can't be sure if it has been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides that can be harmful to your health. Many countries have very relaxed laws about the kind of chemicals that get sprayed on their food, so eating local and in-season organic vegetables is your safest bet. If you haven't been mindful about this in the past, Dr. Sebi's All-Inclusive Package can help you detoxify and cleanse from pesticides, herbicides and other harmful substances, all while providing your body with the best cell food nutrition it needs in order to regain its health and thrive.
4) Synchronize Your Diet With Nature. Eating in season just makes sense. For example, in Fall and Winter, nature provides us with vegetables that are great for making hot soups, stews, and other warming comfort foods, while in hotter months, we have crispier flavors, ideal to make fresh salads and smoothies. This Blueberry Wild Arugula Salad is refreshing and nutritious - you'll love it.
5) Environmentally Friendly. Reducing the costs of transportation and storage that comes from sourcing your food from different locations is not only good for your wallet, it is also way better for the environment since it reduces the carbon-print from the whole operation. Enjoy helping Mother Nature with this scrumptious Avocado Hummus that we're sure you're gonna adore.