4 Amazing Benefits of Seasonal Eating

4 Amazing Benefits of Seasonal Eating

The arrival of beautiful spring weather is a great reminder of the importance of eating with the seasons for optimum health and wellness.

 

The changing of the seasons provides us with the unique opportunity to buy a variety of fantastic foods that are only available during that season. Seasonal foods offer a natural diversity that we should take advantage of when eating holistically for both our health and the health of our planet. There is nothing better than eating a juicy organic summer peach, vine-ripe heirloom tomato, or sweet strawberry grown by a local farmer that you know by name.

 

When you go shopping at any supermarket you will find fruits and vegetables available year round which are not in season.  Grocery stores provide convenience by having exactly the same foods available year-round so that we are able to buy whatever we want whether it’s in or out of season.

 

Have you ever gone into your grocery store in the winter and looked at the huge displays of tomatoes in stock? This is a prime example of being able to buy foods out of season. Many of these out of season non-organic foods depend on waxes, chemicals, and preservatives to make them look fresh and tastier than they are. These foods are produced for long shelf life and looks rather than flavor.

 

When you buy foods that are not in season you are giving up all the wonderful benefits associated with purchasing seasonal foods.

 

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I make a conscious effort to buy seasonal foods and to support my local farmers which makes me feel connected to the food that I put on my plate as well as providing me with a bounty of delicious foods to enjoy.

 

Here are four of the amazing benefits of purchasing organic foods in season and from local farmers whenever possible.

 4 Amazing Benefits of Seasonal Eating

 

1. Health Benefits

Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and offer higher nutritional content than out of season unripe fruits and vegetables. When you eat with the seasons you can enjoy a rainbow of colorful and diverse foods in your diet as well as providing your body with a wide variety of important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that you need to maintain vibrant health.

Eating seasonal foods helps to support our bodies natural cleansing and healing abilities. For example spring weather offers many tasty leafy greens and vegetables like dandelion greens, spring onions, and spring garlic which are great healing foods for helping detoxify your liver and cleanse your blood.

 

2. Sustainable Benefits

Organic seasonal foods are grown in a sustainable manner by farmers who really care about protecting our planet. Organic farmers rotate crops to increase soil fertility, use integrated pest management to control pests using beneficial insects instead of toxic pesticides, and use sustainable composting methods for disposing of organic waste.

By not using toxic chemicals, poisonous pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds, these farmers provide us with healthier foods along with protecting both our planet and the farm workers health. These sustainable methods of raising foods yields a superior product that offers better taste, quality, and nutrition over conventionally raised foods.

 

3. Environmental Benefits

Eating with the seasons and purchasing local foods helps to protect our planet because it reduces the number of miles your food has to travel before it reaches your plate. This helps cut back on the amount of fuel used which reduces pollution. Buying organic, seasonal, locally grown foods protect our environment for all the reasons I mentioned under sustainable benefits. By making a conscious choice to purchase organic, seasonal, and local foods we help protect our water, air, and land.

 

4. Economic Benefits

When you buy organic, seasonal, locally grown foods you help provide financial support to the farmers in your area which helps to grow your local economy. Seasonal foods are priced much more economically than out of season foods which will save you money on your grocery bills.

 

Some of my favorite spring foods include:

Dandelion greens, mâche, kohlrabi, pea shoots, sweet peas, sorrel, ramps, asparagus, green shallots, chanterelle and porcini mushrooms, blueberries, strawberries, artichokes, leeks, nettles, fava beans, spring onions, and spring garlic. All of these spring foods help to lighten, cleanse, and renew our bodies and get them ready for the warm summer months. I will be posting some spring recipes over the next weeks so stop back by to check them out.

 

I hope that my article will convince you to shop with the seasons, support your local farmers, and purchase as many organic foods as you can afford. Here are some websites you can check out to help you purchase seasonal, local, and sustainable foods.

 

http://eatlocalgrown.com/

www.localharvest.org

www.eatwellguide.org

www.sustainabletable.org

 

What’s your favorite fruits or vegetables to eat in the spring? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

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Comments

  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing these great resources and ideas. This is one of those articles that made me say, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” But that’s why you’re here for us! It makes so much more sense to buy produce from a local farmers’ market. I’m planning on doing that this spring and summer, as we have a couple great ones in neighboring towns.

  2. Lilian Boyce says:

    I live in South Africa and love all the peaches, nectarines, watermelon and all the melons that you get now. I love the first spears of asparagus also.
    i grow my own veggies and love all the little cocktail tomatoes when they first start to ripen to eat straight from the plant.

  3. Hi Shelley,
    anyone not being aware of seasonal eating would really understand the benefits of doing so after reading your post.
    Even though I have 97.5 % (lol) followed seasonal eating for a few years, I now understand more why it is not only good for ourselves but also our local economy and the planet.

    What are your thoughts on food with a longer ‘shelf life’ like pumpkins, apples and potatoes?
    My mother stored apples on a shelf in a cool pantry and potatoes in the sand in the cellar.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.
    Love and Light
    Yorinda
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    • Yorinda, I like foods that have a longer shelf life and enjoy eating them when they are in season. I also like dehydrating fresh fruits and vegetables when in season so I can enjoy them later when they are not in season. Dehydrating is a great way to preserve fruits and vegetables when they are in season. I love the fact that your mom stored potatoes in the sand in your cellar. Doing this probably helped them stay fresh longer. Love and light to you too!
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  4. Shelley, hi! Love this blog and so agree with you about eating seasonally – interesting however this year in the UK the winter has lasted longer than ever and the thought of spring foods is so unappealing…but can’t wait for it to happen….
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  5. Xihlamariso says:

    thanks so much for sharing this. i really was not aware of all these benefits, and you are right, when fruits and veggies are in season, they are much cheaper. Having made a decision to eat healthier, i will be on the lookout to take advantage of the foods that are in season. thanks so much for sharing

  6. Eating a healthy, balanced variety of foods is far more satisfying. And if you match that with more physical activity, you are more likely to get to a healthy weight-and stay there-than if you diet.

  7. Hi Shelley, I am so ready for Spring but it is going to be a while before it happens here in the north woods of Wisconsin. I cannot wait to pick fresh asparagus in my yard or take a walk and get my fill of fresh berries. You have got me drooling.. Wonderful post filled with great tips.. Thanks for sharing Chery 🙂
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  8. Really timely post – our Farmer’s Market just started up again for the spring/summer. The asparagus and artichokes have been delicious. It’s so great to meet the local farmers and see what they’ve harvested for the week, plus it’s so fresh. I really believe in buying local whenever possible.
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  9. I always make it a point to buy only organic fruits and vegetables, basically almost everything we eat and use. Eating seasonal is something I haven’t really thought about and you do make a good point of the benefits of doing this. I love the convenience of grocery but supporting local farmers by subscribing to coops is something I’ve been curious and interested with, and doing this would surely get me into eating seasonal vegetables and fruits as well. I have to look into this! Thanks for sharing, Shelly!
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  10. Hi Shelley,
    Thanks for this kind reminder of the benefits of seasonal eating. Indeed, getting the most of the available seasonal foods apparently is a great idea.
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  11. Anna
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    The benefits are really amazing, I love to eat seasonal fruits and veggies. I’m at the stage of my life wherein I’m trying to live a healthy lifestyle so I stay away from junk and highly processed foods.
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  12. Eating healthy is a prerequisite for healthy living and fitness. Thank you for making the right decision in eating healthy. This is a great post
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  13. Cane Creek Farm produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. With a focus on supplying seasonal produce to local families and restaurants, we offer strawberries and lettuces in the spring; squash, eggplants, and tomatoes in the summer; lots of greens in the fall and winter seasons; and shitake mushrooms whenever they flush.
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  14. Gryln Jones says:

    Seasonal eating are more satisfying. Thanks for this review.
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  15. Gryln Jones says:

    This is a very helpful article on how to live healthy. thanks for this beautiful article! 🙂
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