This post is written in partnership with Canvas Credit Union. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Before diving into the importance of seasonal eating (spoiler alert: it can keep your wallet happy!), let’s take a moment to pause. The start of 2021 has likely — and justifiably — jolted your wellness routine. If that’s the case, I’m right there with you. Often, we create resolutions and set goals without taking real life circumstances and hardships into consideration. If you need it, here’s your permission to slowly ease back into your wellness routine.
What is Seasonal Eating?
Simply put, seasonal eating is consuming food at peak harvest. In essence, it is produce that is purchased around the time it is harvested. For example, Brussels sprouts are picked from September through March — winter produce. Digging into a bowl of roasted Brussels, in January, is seasonal eating.
Why You Should Eat with The Seasons
Because of modern day agriculture, technology, and logistics, food is easily transported all over the world. Therefore, most metropolitan grocery stores carry the same produce, year-round. While this aids in access, it makes it harder to distinguish between what is grown in season, versus not. You can use this Seasonal Food Guide to learn more about what fruits and veggies are grown across the United States, by month.
This goes without saying, but eating with the seasons has a multitude of benefits. To read the full article, hop over to my feature on Canvas Credit Union’s blog.
Image courtesy of Nick Fewings.