Seasonal food, meaning produce purchased and eaten around the time that it’s harvested, is fresher, tastier, and even more nutritious than out-of-season food. Also, foods in-season tend to be less expensive, and have less of an impact on the environment because they aren’t being shipped long distances or stored for extended periods of time.
So who won't want fresher, tastier and more nutritious foods that are easier on your wallet, while also benefiting the environment and supporting your local economy? I know I like all those aspects while trying to eat within each season hence why I started the Seasonal Food Winter Series pertaining to getting more information out there.
Another way to look at seasonal eating is that nature gives us what we need when we need it. For example, cool and juicy fruits like cucumbers, mangoes and watermelons arrive in the warmer months to keep us hydrated, while hearty pumpkins, persimmons, sweet potatoes, and vitamin C-filled citrus prepare our bodies for the cold months of winter.
Eating seasonally is nature’s way of keeping us balanced. And while we live in a world where you can find just about any food at anytime and anywhere, there are many reasons why you should stick with nature’s plan.
How can you eat more seasonally this winter?
Below is a recipe that can help with eating in the winter season...
Roasted Butternut Squash Harvest Bowl
This recipe is- appetizer, dairy free, dinner, egg free, gluten free, low glycemic, lunch, nightshade free,
nut free, pescatarian, side dish, soy free, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian
Ingredients- 40 minutes / 9 ingredients
No Butternut Squash- Use sweet potato, carrots or beets instead.
Save Time- Use frozen bagged butternut squash.
Leftovers- Keeps well in the fridge up to 3 - 4 days.
Extra Flavour- Toss the butternut squash in cinnamon before roasting.