Have you ever heard of ‘eating seasonally’? Chefs and health experts (including myself!) often say you should eat “seasonally,” or include foods in your diet that are grown at the same time of the year you eat them.
Eating seasonally is important, and carries benefits to your health, the planet, and your wallet. Here are some of them:
- You Can Save Money and Eat Better, Healthier Food
- The food is generally fresher and tastier
- You End Up Supporting Local, More Sustainable Farmers
- You Get a Wider Variety of Foods in Your Diet
Put it this way: Would you rather eat something in season that was grown in your area and freshly picked yesterday, when it is ripe and flavorful? Or would you rather eat something out of season, that was grown in a different county, picked 2 weeks ago before it was ripe, and transported thousands of miles to your grocery store? The choice is yours of course, but I choose to eat seasonal delicious food!
Here’s a list of produce that is ‘in season’ in the winter months – step out of your comfort zone and try something new! My favorite place to find seasonal foods is at local farmers markets and health food stores like Sprouts and Whole Foods.
Winter squash (spaghetti squash, butternut squash, delicate squash)