Eating seasonally & locally is an excellent way to promote diversity in your diet, so you consume a wider variety of nutrients & don't get tired of eating the same foods all the time. Plus, the latest selections are a constant source of renewed cooking inspiration.
Loading up your diet with seasonal local foods helps to guide you towards:
the tastiest foods (as they are not picked underripe or shipped long distances)
the most sustainable foods (also related to transit times & other factors), & also
the most nutritionally dense foods (for reasons such as soil quality & more)
It's a simple, no nonsense approach to healthy eating that is in tune with mother earth, supports local farmers, & is supremely DELICIOUS!
Scroll down for my favorite snacks ideas & recipes that can be used year-round.
Açaí Bowl ~ If buying out, consider flavors with protein sources such a peanut or almond butter
Agua de Sandía - Simply place watermelon pieces into a blender & blend until smooth for a delicious Mexican drink!
Cottage Cheese with Fresh Fruit
Fruit Parfait ~ seasonal fruit paired with an unsweetened yogurt, spices (cinnamon, cardamom), a grain (oats, oatmeal, granola), a nut or seed (chia seeds, hemp seeds, pecans, walnuts, cashews), & a light drizzle of maple syrup or honey if necessary
Seasonal Fruit ~ peaches, pears, strawberries, blueberries, etc. by themselves
Smoothies ~ Lean in towards smoothies with unprocessed protein sources such a peanut or almond butter, & look for ones that incorporate vegetables - you won't even taste them! Beware of added sugar if you buy your smoothie - a good smoothie normally costs $10 or more
Year-Round Recipes & Snacks
Zero Waste Homemade Veggie Broth for soups, cooking grains, or sipping!