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Get the most out of seasonal eating

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By Amanda Daley

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There's a natural cycle to the Earth that includes an abundance of food which grows exactly when we need it.

Each season provides us with the right nutrients to keep us in harmony with both our internal organs and our external world. Problems arise however when we can readily buy the same fruits and vegetables from the local supermarket all year round.

When food isn’t grown in season locally, it’s probably either grown in a hothouse or shipped in from other parts of the world. Both affect the taste and nutritional value of the food. Compare a bright red, vine-ripened tomato from grandma’s backyard with a hothouse tomato that is still partly hard, green and lacking in taste and you’ll soon see what I’m talking about.

When transporting fruit and vegetables long distances, they must be harvested early and refrigerated so they don’t rot during transportation. This process, while necessary often results in the produce not ripening fully or needing external help to ripen after the move.

In winter, root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips grow abundantly. These hearty veggies give us much needed nutrients during the colder months. Alternatively, in spring, new green shoots sprout up all over the place, and are perfect for removing all of the heavy build up on our organs that has accumulated over the winter.

The best way to stay in alignment with the seasons is to buy food which is produced locally and stored minimally in the shipping process.

The options on offer at your local farmer’s markets’ are more than likely what nature intended for that season. If in doubt, you can often ask the farmer in person. An added bonus is that the local, seasonal food will often be the cheapest in price.

As warmer days are now with us down under, let’s take a closer look at how seasonal eating plays out in summer.

Summer brings the most expansive energy – both to us as human beings and to our environment and food. It’s the time of year where we feel most playful, most creative and are likely to be out socialising.

Below is a list of just some of the delicious summer produce in-season now. I’m willing to bet the foods below will have you feeling all summery just thinking about them.

Vegetables:

  • Corn
  • Sweetpeas
  • Green beans
  • Red peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Asparagus
  • Lettuce
  • Basil

Fruits:

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Watermelon
  • Mango

Feeling summery? Why not try this yummy summer recipe:

Summer Peaches and Cream muffins

This recipe is one of my favourite treats in Summer – perfect as a workday snack, or served warm with cream and fresh strawberries for dessert.

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs. orange juice
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup fresh peaches
  • 6 Tbs. coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. powdered stevia
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix eggs, orange juice, peaches, vanilla extract, coconut oil and coconut milk in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, then mix the two together until well combined.

Pour the mixture into a greased muffin pan (only about 2/3 full)

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg celcius for 10-15 minutes.

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Amanda Daley - to view all of Amanda's blog post click here

Experiencing Adrenal Fatigue after 13 years in the corporate world of advertising, Amanda surrendered from the fast-paced life and followed her passion instead. A myriad of health conditions fell away as soon as stress was eliminated and a renewed sense of passion and purpose sprung forth. She now works as a Holistic Health Coach, helping busy women fuel their lives with health, passion and joy.

Website: http://fuelurbanwellness.com

  • That recipe for the muffins looks delicious, and gluten-free too! Do you have recommendations for good sources of coconut flour and oil?

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