It’s the season for healthy eating

This week I received a big surprise in my email: my long-awaited Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (graduating with Distinction) and another in Naturopathy. At the same time, I also received a very interesting question from a friend I caught up with going walking in the park with my puppy who I told about my recent completion of studies. Her question: “is it really important to eat seasonally and what should I be eating now if it is?”.

That question spurred the creation of this eating seasonally series where we will not just share what’s seasonal for each season, but the top three picks for health each week.

The truth is our bodies have existed over centuries eating seasonally. It’s really a relatively recent phenomenon to be able to go to the supermarket and pick up anything we want no matter what the season. Our ancestors’ ancestors would only eat what was available and that was very dependent on what season it was.

Eating seasonally means that we eat more locally, which means our food is fresher and doesn’t need to go through many processes to travel miles. That’s as good for our health as it is for the health of our planet. It’s also cheaper as seasonal food is plentiful when in season so normally sold at a discounted rate. Remember what is more difficult to get hold of is often marked up and vice versa. If loads of apples are falling from trees, for instance, the growers will want to sell them fast before they go rotten, which means we can buy them cheaper. If, on the contrary, we want cherries when they’re not in season, but they need to be shipped from somewhere far away, we will have to pay somehow to cover the cost of that shipping, not to mention the various freezing and unfreezing processes the cherries have to go through.

So eating seasonally is healthier and less expensive. So what should we be eating? Well each week I’ll talk about my top 3 picks for healthy produce. This week my focus is fruit. My top 3 picks? Well you can see in the videos below and hear why specifically I chose these.
1. Apples 🍎
2. Cranberries
3. Pears 🍐

Autumn Seasonal Fruit 1: Apple!

If you are eager to experiment with apples, I suggest trying out this  Simple Apple& Pear crumble getting most from the fruits:

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Autumn Seasonal Fruit 2: Cranberries!

This year try making even more delicious cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is actually full of nutrients and benefits as opposed to store-bought, processed, sugary one!  Naturally sweetened cranberry sauce! 

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Autumn Seasonal Fruit 3:  Pears!

Stay healthy !