Seasonal eating is in vogue right now, but it’s hardly a new trend. Eating a diet that follows nature’s rhythms is what people have done throughout history, long before supermarkets and processed foods became the norm. Here are a few of the benefits of eating seasonally:
It saves money. When produce is in season, the abundance of the crop makes it less expensive. It’s the basic law of supply and demand, and when crops are in season, you’ll be rewarded financially by purchasing what’s currently growing.
It tastes better. Produce harvested at the peak of its season is simply delicious. The flavors are stronger and more developed, and the textures are as nature intended. Compare a dark red, vine-ripened tomato still warm from the summer sun to a winter hothouse tomato that’s grown and ripened indoors. There’s no comparison!
It’s healthier. Produce picked and eaten at its peak has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances. Studies have shown that some crops have up to three times more nutrients when grown in season.
It’s good for the environment. Eating seasonally often means eating locally grown foods. By doing so, you’re supporting local farmers, cutting down on pollution from shipping and trucking food, and reducing your carbon footprint.
To find out what’s harvested seasonally in your area, go to: http://www.sustainabletable.org/seasonalguide/seasonalfoodguide.php
5 Tips for Eating Healthier at Work
Eating healthy at work can be a challenge when there’s birthday cake, donuts or pizza tempting you. But if you’re prepared, and have a healthy selection of snacks on hand, you can resist the temptation. Here are five tips:
Plan ahead. Plan your meals and snacks for the workweek, and then prepare them at home on Sunday night. Put them in containers or zip lock bags so they’re ready to go.
Bring leftovers. Make an extra portion when you’re cooking dinner each night, and you’ll have a healthy lunch to take to the office the next day. You’ll also save money by not eating lunch out.
Keep healthy snacks on hand. This will keep you from reaching for junk, running to the vending machine or giving into temptation when the birthday cake shows up. Just a few ideas for healthy snacks are: nuts, fruits and veggies, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, hummus and rice cakes, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, dried fruit and protein bars.
Invest in a good insulated lunchbox or cooler. This way you can keep your perishable snacks fresh and crisp — and within arm’s reach.
Hydrate. Always have plenty of healthy liquid options at the ready. Examples include green tea, fruit-flavored water, coconut water and organic juices.