I follow a paleo, cyclic ketogenic diet, and so include carb re-feeds from time to time. Recently, I have committed to eating seasonal foods, locally-grown whenever possible. Why?
Eating a variety of vegetables at different times of the year allows for a wide range of nutrients. I enjoy the antioxidants and polyphenols of wild berries in the summer months but am happy to replace them with vitamin A and C rich winter squash throughout the colder months. I no longer have much of a sweet-tooth so actually prefer to get my starches from vegetables rather than fruit.
Eating seasonally, gives the opportunity to try new foods and expand the palate. I stumbled across Kabocha, Acorn and Kuri squashes in the supermarket the other day – never heard of them but I’m looking forward to trying them over the next few weeks!
- Saving money
Throughout the year, non-seasonal produce is available in most supermarkets. Not only will you feel the significant effect of this in your pocket, as the price will include transportation costs, but also in your health. It is highly likely that this produce will have been sprayed with harmful fertilisers, to force growth, as well as fungicides and pesticides to maintain freshness.
- Helping the planet
Buying local produce helps to reduce the CO2 emissions released from transporting fruit and vegetables.
What’s in season?
Each month, I refer to this website, Eat the Seasons, to see which vegetables I should be looking out for in shops. At the moment, I’m enjoying butternut squash, a winter squash, with its sweet, nutty taste, as well as parsnips; a true sign that Christmas is on the way!