I’m a huge advocate for seasonal eating. I think there are so many benefits to eating seasonally and I love that it’s easier on both our bodies and on our wallets. I also really believe that our bodies know exactly what we need and it really shows when we crave fruits like apples in the fall and vegetables like squash in the winter.
Now, I’m not saying that everything in your diet needs to follow a seasonal eating plan, but it is something to be conscious of and to think about when meal planning and grocery shopping. It gets a lot more difficult to follow in the winter months in places like Ottawa where it’s freezing cold and it seems like nothing grows but just do your best and eat the foods that feel right to you.
What is Seasonal Eating
Seasonal eating is when you primarily eat foods that during the season that they are grown. It puts a large focus on locally grown produce and reducing the amount of food that you consume that has been imported from other countries or areas.
It’s also more than just the foods that you’re eating but also the types of meals you’re having. If you’re craving a smoothie in the winter, try to make it more warming for your body and include spices like cinnamon and ginger. In the summer, place a larger emphasis on raw foods and fresh salads and bowls. Generally, during the summer months, you are outside and moving a lot, so heavier meals don’t sit quite as well.
Why Eat Seasonally
The food tastes better
Food that is in season almost always tastes better than food that is not in season. How could it not? It’s fresher and full of flavour. Not to mention that it has way more nutrients that your body needs since it hasn’t been artificially ripened or transported across the world for three days.
You’re giving your body what it needs
Your body is not craving smoothies in the winter or hot soups in the summer. By eating seasonally, you are giving your body exactly what it needs to thrive during each season. We tend to crave certain foods during certain times of the year. I know that I’m always excited when fall comes around because I haven’t had a warm soup in months but by the time summer is here, I am so sick of soup and ready for all of the raw salads and fresh smoothies.
It’s easier on the wallet
Ever noticed how strawberry prices are absurd in the winter months? That’s because they can’t be locally grown and we’re paying to get them imported from somewhere else. Buying food that is in season is way more economical since it can often be grown locally and so it doesn’t have to be shipped across the world.
You support local farms
Not only are you supporting local businesses but you are also helping the environment by not purchasing food that has been imported from other parts of the world. You can always find locally grown foods at your local farmer’s market and that will give you an idea of what exactly is in season.
Tips for Seasonal Eating
Download my seasonal eating guide
This guide is complete with recipes for each season as well as cheat sheets for what fruits and vegetables are in season. It’s easy to refer to when you’re meal planning for the week and has some more suggestions for what types of foods to be eating during each of the seasons. You can download the guide here.
Try to plan your meals each week so that you can choose ingredients that are in-season. This will also make grocery shopping way easier and the weeknights way less stressful.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing
If we really only ate foods that were 100% in season in Ottawa, we wouldn’t be eating very many fruits and vegetables during the winter months. That’s not something that we want to do either. You don’t have to follow the guide exactly. Just use it as a guide and your body will tell you exactly what it needs during all of the seasons.
Do you eat try to eat seasonally?
The Importance of Seasonal Eating
March 19, 2019