Eating with the seasons is such a fundamental and interesting topic. The Earth produces just what we need, when we need it most, in the forms of different fruits and veggies that come and go with the seasons. For example, watermelon harvest is in the summertime when we need extra hydration from the summer heat. It quenches thirst and satisfies us in a special way -- is there anything better than a fresh slice of watermelon on a hot summer day?
In the same respect, eating in season can be just as comforting, refreshing and natural in every season. Not only is the flavor incredible when indulging in seasonal fruits and veggies, but the cost is also lower when a food is in season.
Here are a few of my favorite fruits & veggies in season…
Apricots - The allure of apricots lies in the fact that they are free of cholesterol, saturated fats, and sodium - and are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. Originally from China, apricots skin color varies from cream to bright orange. The trick is to go for apricots that are uniformly colored, firm and plump.
Broccoli - Broccoli, a staple in my kitchen, is the hot veggie in season this spring. For the best outcome, select fresh broccoli heads with tight, bluish-green florets. It’s an excellent source of folate, vitamins, and dietary fiber.
Mangos - Mangos are quite popular year-round, but more so in the Northern Hemisphere this spring. Select firm mangos with a savory aroma, and try to avoid mangos with sap on skin. Cut these up atop your salads, toss them in your smoothies, or enjoy them raw.
Snow Pea - Popularly known as a Chinese pea pod, snow pea is another great green veggie available this spring. Good snow peas are flat and shiny with tiny peas inside and are high in manganese and iron.
Spinach - This season, pick crisp, fresh, green bunches that show no evidence of pest infestation. Rich in folate, manganese, magnesium, vitamins, and dietary fiber. Sauté some spinach as a compliment to your eggs in the morning or use it raw in a fresh salad.
Strawberries - Strawberries are a spring fruit staple - packed with vitamin C and folate. Free from fat and sodium, good strawberries are firm and bright red in color.
If you aren’t familiar with what fruits and veggies are in season throughout the year, try a quick Google search and make a list of your favorites and when they’re in peak season. Be sure to revolve your recipes around these in-season produce, and you will reap the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies in-season.
Are you ready to prep yourself for the summer? The 21raw food detox is coming in a few weeks as well as 5 days summer meal challenge. Don't want to wait that long? Book your discovery session and we can go through your blocks and challenges, and create a road map, that is suitable for you personally.
With Love, Lilia
Spring has finally arrived – a time when we naturally want to refresh & rejuvenate ourselves and our surroundings. The winter blues may still be lingering, which creates the perfect opportunity to learn some natural tips and tricks on peeling away the rest of those winter blues and enjoying the new season.
There are countless ways to boost your mood naturally, but I’d love to tell you about a few of my favorite foods that naturally boost your mood and help you calm down.
4 Foods that Boost Your Mood & Help Fight Anxiety Naturally
Asparagus - Asparagus is loaded with folic acid, which has been associated with stabilizing and boosting your mood. One cup of asparagus offers two-thirds of your daily folic acid requirements. As if that wasn’t great enough, asparagus goes well with nearly any meal! Sauté, steam, roast or grill it – it’s quick, simple and a delicious addition to your meal.
Avocado - The numerous benefits that avocados boast make them a favorite addition to my meals. A slice of avocado is chock-full of Vitamin B which is essential for healthy brain cells and nerves. Also an excellent source of potassium and healthy fats, avocados hold many benefits that can assist in boosting your mood.
Blueberries - Although they are small, blueberries are a Vitamin C and antioxidant powerhouse. These benefits are crucial in helping to protect against and repair cell damage. Quercetin, an antioxidant found in abundance in blueberries, is an incredible natural anti-inflammatory.
Almonds - Munching on almonds is an age-old trick for reducing stress. Almonds are high in Vitamins E and B2, both of which are great immune system boosters during stressful moments. Just a few spoonful’s of almonds can do wonders for your mood.
These are just a few of my favorite foods that can help boost your mood and keep stress at bay. There are numerous others, such as spinach, oranges, fatty fish such as salmon, and more.
What do you do when you feel the stress packing on? Do you first think to reach for a comfort food that may not be of service to your health? It’s natural to feel this way, especially if you do not program yourself to think about healthy ways to combat your stress and elevate your mood. I encourage you to think of healthy ways to elevate your mood, using your own wisdom and even a few of the tips you read here today! What do you plan on doing next time you need a mood boost?
If you wonder where to start, please book a discovery session with me. We can discuss your challenges, find out what is on your way and draw a plan.
To your health and happiness.
With Love, Lilia