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  • You have probably heard that seasonal eating is good for you, but may not have implemented eating seasonally because the benefits are unclear. Here are the facts.

    A guide to Seasonal Eating

    Why Seasonal Eating is Important

    Seasonal eating makes a lot of sense in terms of taste, health benefits, and cost-effectiveness.

    When produce is purchased seasonally, the food is fresher and more nutritious than when consumed out of season. Additionally, the taste of seasonal food is superior because it grows during its natural ripening cycle. Out-of-season produce, however, is harvested early so that it can be shipped and distributed to your local grocery store by the time the fruit or vegetable looks its best.

    Have you ever noticed that if you purchase peaches that are out of season, they may look ripe on the outside but are flavorless and hard on the inside? This is because the peaches were picked before they ripened. Seasonal produce can often be found at local farmer’s markets, while food that is out-of-season typically has to be shipped from a distant location. This extensive shipping process calls for produce to be harvested prematurely so that the crops do not spoil by the time they reach your grocery store shelves. Out-of-season fruits and vegetables often only appear ripe; in reality, they lack nutrients because they were not permitted to naturally ripen.

    Buy Locally When Possible

    The best time to eat your favorite fruits and veggies is when they can be purchased directly from a local grower shortly after harvest. Eating seasonally will naturally help you mix up the variety of fruit and veggies you eat while getting a diversified range of vitamins and minerals. The produce will be fresher since it won’t require long-distance transportation, and since the crops will be picked at their peak of ripeness they will taste better and be full of flavor.

    Not only will you be doing yourself a favor by embracing seasonal eating, but you could also be getting a better bang for your buck while supporting local farmers. Consuming in-season produce means it is generally in peak supply, so it’s not only fresh and tasty but it’s likely to be much cheaper. (Remember that the cost is also minimized since the extensive transportation expenditures do not have to be accounted for.)

    A Guide to Seasonal Produce

    To make things as easy as possible, below you will find a list of seasonal foods for each of the four seasons.

    Autumn

    • Pears
    • Peaches
    • Spinach
    • Apples
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Dates
    • Hard Squash
    • Pumpkin
    • Sweet Potatoes

    Winter

    • Bok Choy
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery
    • Citrus Fruits (clementines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines)
    • Endive
    • Leafy Greens (collard, kale)
    • Root Vegetables (beets, turnips)

    Spring

    • Artichokes
    • Asparagus
    • Chives
    • Fava Beans
    • Green Onions
    • Leeks
    • Lettuce
    • Parsnips
    • Peas
    • Radishes
    • Rhubarb
    • Swiss Chard

    Summer

    • Berries
    • Corn
    • Cucumbers
    • Eggplant
    • Figs
    • Grapes
    • Green Beans
    • Melons
    • Peppers
    • Stone Fruit (apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums)
    • Tomatoes
    • Zucchini

    By electing to shop from your local farmer’s market or simply putting seasonal produce items on your grocery list, you will be supporting local farmers who provide you with the best tasting food and greatest nutritional value possible. As always, if you would like chiropractic care to supplement your health journey, visit your trusted chiropractor at Chiro-Health to discuss maintaining physical and overall wellness. To learn more about how chiropractic can be an alternative to medication and surgery, like us on Facebook, Instagram, or call us for an appointment.