Eat the Seasons with Seasonal Food
During the winter, especially in cold climates, it’s important to make sure to heat our bodies not only on the outside with extra layers of clothing and blankets at night, but in the inside as well with what we eat and what we drink.
“Seasonal Eating”, also known as “Harvest Eating”, means making sure to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, giving our bodies the most vitamins and nutrients. This way our bodies stays strong and healthy and regulates its temperature more easily.
The Chinese have done this for years, adopting seasonal eating and food therapy as a major part of their yearly diet. Throughout history, seasonal eating was adopted by humans simply because they had no choice- they simply ate the seasonal food that the land provided. Today however, we are beginning to understand the many benefits there are but today we’re discovering the many
Winter Seasonal Food
According to Chinese Traditional Medicine, “Winter Foods” are considered those which have the ability to provide warmth to our bodies. Fruits and Vegetables supply our bodies with vitamins and antioxidants that strengthen our immune system. Stronger immune systems mean less colds, viruses and illnesses.
Some of the top winter seasonal foods:
Ginger, cinnamon, curry powders, apples, pears, oranges, red beans, hot peppers, raw coco, pumpkins, red dates, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts…), cabbage, root vegetables, and if you’re a meat eater- lamb…
Examples of seasonal foods rich in antioxidants
Apples, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, cranberries, blueberries, pomegranate, green leaved vegetables (such as lettuce or basil…), bananas, avocado, kiwi, green beans and more…
It’s important to make sure to eat fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, as different colors indicate a wide range of nutrients.
So next time you’re out in the cold, remember to shop for seasonal food to enjoy the many benefits it provides, and always remember to eat warm!