Spring has sprung! With the gorgeous sun and weather comes fresh and tasty produce. Have you ever compared the difference in taste between conventional produce purchased from a grocery store and fresh, local produce purchased at a local farmers market? You can definitely taste the difference! The powerful fresh flavor of local seasonal food, along with the environmental benefits all point toward this way of eating—why not try it out? Here are my top three reasons to eat more local and seasonal foods!
Many people get into the routine of shopping for the same foods on a regular basis without putting much thought into it. This could lead to nutritional deficiencies due to lack of variety of foods in their diet. When you eat seasonal, you get an abundance of colorful, fresh foods rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytochemicals at different times of year, which allows for natural variety, not to mention incredible taste! Locally sourced, organic foods tend to be juicier and more flavorful, so bite in!
Choosing to buy locally-sourced organic food ensures that you are not getting any herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified foods. Eating seasonally helps protect the planet as it reduces the number of miles it takes before the food reaches our plate. Be sure to check the labels on your food to see when they are sourced from. If they are sourced from outside of your country, check to see if there is a local version available. To find what is local and seasonal in your region, check out this guide.
Choosing to eat locally sourced foods will not only help your wallet, it also provides financial support for the farmer and your community. Seasonal foods are much more economical than their unseasonal counterparts, so be sure to stock up and freeze them for smoothies or soups in the future! Berries are an easy and tasty ingredient to buy seasonally, freeze, and add to your post-workout recovery smoothie.
When it comes to grocery shopping and food selection, it is clear to see how beneficial it is to shop local and seasonal. Getting to know your local shops and farmers will enhance your shopping experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: “What type of fertilizers do you use?” or “Is your produce organic?” Asking questions allows you to identify the quality of your food, which is paramount to a healthy, sustainable diet and world! For more information about the sustainability of local and seasonal food, visit ThriveForward.com