SUPPLEMENT GUIDE FOR HEALTHY TEETH

As you read in part one, diet plays an important role in our teeth health. In part two, I am sharing all about the supplements that are great for our teeth & overall health. 

A QUICK GUIDE TO SUPPLEMENTS

Cod liver oil

Now you will often hear about fermented cod liver oil and how it is SO much better than regular cod liver oil, but I’m just not sold on this. It seems that there is only 1 company that makes the product and has everyone buying it. So while it may be that much better, I have used both the fermented cod liver oil from Green Pastures as well as just regular cod liver oil (my favorite is Nordic Naturals) and have reaped the benefits from that just as much. 

SUPPLEMENTS TO MAINTAIN TEETH HEALTH

Now you may wonder, why you need to take this supplement. Well, if you’re interested in studies, there are dozens that prove its benefits, but I’ll sum it up for you:

  • -reduces the risk of osteoarthritis
  • -maintains bone health & helps prevent fractures
  • -lowers high blood pressure
  • -helps heal wounds
  • -lowers risk of autoimmune disease

Cod liver oil has a high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids which are known to be anti-inflammatory. And in our modern diets, we are really lacking the healthy ratio of 2:1 Omega 6: Omega 3, which cod liver oil provides just that. 

It also is a great source of Vitamin A & Vitamin D. Vitamin A is known to help with preventing free radical damage which in turn means that it reduces inflammation in our bodies. Vitamin D is known to play a big part in healthy bone metabolism. So with a Cod Liver Oil supplement and healthy exposure to the sun, you should not need to supplement with extra Vitamin D, unless you are highly deficient. 

Note: Cod liver oil can add up and become expensive, in this case, you could cycle it with a Vitamin D/K2 supplement. There are some that combine both vitamins or others in separate form.

Magnesium

More than 80% of American’s are magnesium deficient. A lot of that has to do with the way our soil has been stripped of the vital minerals. Before the light bulb was invented, people burned a lot of wood and deposited the ash onto their gardens, now that is a thing of the past – and thus all of the minerals in the soil are running dry. Also, a lot of our deficiencies tend to be because of other lifestyle and diet choices as well. 

We all know that calcium is what we want to have healthy bones and teeth, but without magnesium, it is hard for the calcium to be absorbed. It’s like they complement one another. 

A good for supplementation is CALM magnesium + calcium. 

SUPPLEMENTS TO MAINTAIN TEETH HEALTH

 

But I do have to mention that the most bioavailable form of magnesium to us, is topical – so a simple magnesium oil or lotion can be very beneficial too. And it can be very helpful for sleep!

Note on taking magnesium internally – your digestive tract needs to get used to it, so start small and build your way up. 

Cell Salts

Homeopathic cell salts Calc. Phos. 6X – this is a cell salt that is “concerned with the formation of bone and teeth and is an important remedy for children” & Calc. Fluor. 6X is another cell salt that is “found in the surface of bones and in the enamel of teeth”. 

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These two cell salts have been known to help strengthen teeth and bones. 

You could also include a combination cell salt into your regimen, as this is good for supporting overall health as well.

SUPPLEMENTS TO MAINTAIN TEETH HEALTH

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to prevent inflammation as well as have tons of antioxidants. It is great for our teeth and especially gum health.

SUPPLEMENTS TO MAINTAIN TEETH HEALTH

Probiotics

If you do not eat fermented foods, it is beneficial to include a probiotic into your regimen. Not only will it benefit the health of your teeth, it can be beneficial for your overall health as well.

SUPPLEMENTS TO MAINTAIN TEETH HEALTH

While there are many other supplements that would deem to be beneficial in one way or another, these seem to be the ones that have the most benefit. When used together with a healthy diet, as outlined in my previous post here, along with good dental hygiene, your teeth health improves quickly and tremendously.

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Supplement Guide for Healthy Teeth

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2017 HOLIDAY FOODIE GIFT GUIDE – GIFT IDEAS FOR THE FOODIE IN YOUR LIFE

Foodie Gift Guide

 

Ah, the holidays… Somehow they always sneak up on us and leave us wondering how did that happen, and also what on earth should I get my loved ones? I’m not sure how it happened, but I can help you with the second one! My 2017 Holiday Foodie Gift Guide is here, and it will help you narrow down some options for gifts that will spark joy in the life of your most loved foodie.

This guide is based on some of my most FAVORITE items in the kitchen as well as some that I am looking to add to it. Most are chosen based off of the fact that I research to make sure I am cooking in safe cookware that will not off-gas, and be as non-toxic as possible. Hence all of the stainless steel, cast iron, and glass. For the real health conscious foodies that care what they cook in and not just what they eat – this list is for you.

2017 Holiday Foodie Gift Guide

1. Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Stainless Steel Cookware Set

This is my most favorite cookware set. It is stainless steel without any coatings. It does not stick and cleans very easily. By far a great find for the price.

2. Instant Pot

Instant Pot

If you’re into real food, if you’re a busy parent, a person with an actual life – this device is for YOU. A device that can get you bone broth with bones that crumble in your fingers in under TWO hours, is a miracle in my book. This gets used at least 5 days out of 7 in our house.

3. Deep Clean Brush Set

Deep Clean Brush Set

Because we all know that we need to clean, and some things just can’t be cleaned well enough with a sponge.

4. Parchment Baking Cups

Parchment Paper Baking Cups

For those bakers in your life – nothing stinks more than a muffin that sticks to the liner. And nothing feels better than one that slides right out. Win!

5. Instant Pot Lid

Instant Pot Lid

Because device in #2 is life-changing, and you can even use it to saute & avoid the splatter with this lid!

6. Coffee Grinder

Coffee Grinder

Rarely have I met a good foodie that doesn’t run on strong coffee. And nothing tastes better than the freshly ground brew. Plus, ground coffee oxidizes fast, so grinding it will provide maximum freshness in your cup.

7. Le Creuset Dutch Oven 

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

As exciting as an Instant Pot is, I have to say that roasting something on the stove for hours on end is also quite a thrill when you have some time. The smells that fill the home, the flavors that infuse! Plus the great versatility of being able to go from stovetop to oven.

7b. Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Another option that might seem a bit more affordable yet still have the same function.

8. Cuisinart Food Processor

Cuisinart Food Processor

I just have three words – Homemade Nut Butter. That is all. Oh and the millions of other things I use it for. Such a great tool to shred, slice, and dice. Gosh, what did we do before the invention of the food processor?

9. Double Wall Coffee Cups

Double Wall Coffee Cups

If your foodie keeps up with the newest trends, this will fit the bill. One of the hot new trends are these double wall coffee cups that will make for some beautiful photo ops & a great vessel for that fresh ground coffee! (see #6)

10. Cast Iron Waffle Maker

Cast Iron Waffle Maker

Even healthy eaters want waffles. But without that nasty Teflon nonstick coating that most waffle makers come with.

11. Immersion Blender

Immersion Blender

The quickest way to mix a small amount of sauce, whip up whipped cream & make homemade mayonnaise!

12. Silicone Spatulas 

Silicone Spatula Set

I love that they come in one piece vs two that will eventually end up falling off & that they can handle the heat – up to 600F.

13. Glass Meal Prep Tupperware

Glass Meal Prep Containers

I am your girl when it comes to eating out of mason jars, or whatever else as long as it eliminates the need for me to pack in plastic. But sometimes you just want to be a bit fancier and have an actual compartmentalized container. That’s where these come in handy. Great for packing lunches & planning your meals ahead.

14. Stainless Steel Baking Sheets

Stainless Steel Baking Sheets

These are my favorite, no harmful aluminum off-gassing into my food or the air I breathe & delicious cooked meals! Plus they clean well & roast veggies to perfection.

15. Vitamix Blender 

Vitamix

The holy grail of blenders. I honestly don’t know what I would do without my Vitamix. From morning until night, matcha lattes, bulletproof coffees, smoothies, soups, sauces, nut milk – you name it – and it most likely can do it.

16. Apron 

Apron

Because I don’t know anyone who likes grease stains on their shirts.

Hope that this list was a good resource in finding a gift for that special mom, sister, friend or neighbor who enjoys real food, good times spent in the kitchen and quality tools in helping them craft their masterpiece meals!

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HOW TO HAVE HEALTHY TEETH NATURALLY: DIET

Looking for tips to keep your teeth healthy? Look no further, the below post tells you how to have healthy teeth naturally – through diet!

Your smile – probably one of your best attributes. Or one of your biggest confidence killers. You either were blessed with great looking teeth or you weren’t. Or so it seems. The land of dentistry is far and wide nowadays – so most of your teeth issues can be fixed (or at least masked). But did you know that there are ways to care for your teeth with diet? And daily teeth care habits?

Now I’m not an expert on this, but I will say this – I know a lot more about teeth health than I did a few years ago. And sadly, most of this knowledge came after a TON of issues started to arise. Especially in pregnancy. Can I get all of my pregnant and nursing mamas to raise their hands here? I mean – the saying “Gain a child, lose a tooth” doesn’t seem to be that far-fetched.

This post is long, so it will be broken up into three separate ones. I will start the three-part series off with diet and how certain foods can affect your teeth as well as overall health. The second part will be all about supplements. And the third part will include all of the teeth hygiene tools and trick  I use to keep mine and my families teeth as healthy as can be. I will also include a list of resources for further reading if you are interested. 

DIET TO MAINTAIN GOOD TEETH HEALTH

Now you may think, what does diet have to do with our teeth? Besides the saying we learn as kids of “don’t eat sugar, it’s bad for your teeth” – which is, of course, true, but there is SO much more to it than just sugar. 

Limit these in your diet: 

SUGAR

 Now this one seems to be pretty self-explanatory, we don’t want those sugars to be attaching to our teeth and staying there. Besides our teeth, sugar has really NO benefit for our health in general. Especially those refined white sugars, high fructose corn syrups etc. However, even eating a ton of fruits isn’t all that beneficial for our teeth – and if you look back to our history, you will realize that much of the fruits we eat today did not exist many years ago, and especially not in the quantities a lot of us eat them now (nor was it ever so sweet – think crabapple), but that’s a topic for another time. 

Here are a few names you should look for on labels that mean sugar – agave, barley malt, beet sugar, molasses, brown sugar, brown or regular rice syrup, cane sugar/juice, caramel, carob syrup, coconut sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, diastatic malt, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, fruit sugar, galactose, glucose, grape juice concentrate, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, maple syrup, palm sugar, raw sugar, saccharose, sorghum sugar, sucrose, turbinado sugar, xylose among quite a few others. 

PHYTIC ACID (PHYTATE)

This is a well-known antinutrient that is found in grains and legumes. It is the principal storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, like the bran and seeds. So think apple seeds – not many people eat the whole core with the seeds because they are known to carry some toxins in them and no one would want to eat a ton of apple seeds. Yet we do that with grains and legumes – and essentially that is exactly what they are – the seed of the plant – if you stored it for a while, and planted it – it would grow again. They carry within them the toxins to be able to withstand being eaten and then pooped out by animals so that they can reproduce. 

So what does this mean when we eat grains and legumes? Once a month, most likely nothing. Every day? Which most of us do, in bread, crackers, cereals and other delicious carb-y meals – well we pretty much supply our body with food and then our bodies have issues absorbing most of the nutrients from that food AND the foods we eat along with them. There are research papers out there proving that phytic acid rich foods can interfere with both calcium and iron absorption which can cause a risk for anemia as well as bone loss. Ding, ding, ding. BONE LOSS. Our teeth are part of that too. 

So what is one to do about this? If you choose to continue to eat grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Make sure you first soak and then sprout them! And if you eat bread products choose the ones that are made with said sprouted grains and/or go for fermented bread such as sourdough. I understand that we live in such a time where food choices are plentiful, and we would prefer to keep some of our favorite foods in our diets. But going back to traditional preparation methods for these foods is always a good idea if you keep them in your diet. 

Add more of these to your diet: 

BONE BROTH

All of those minerals will do your body good. Trust me on this one. The Instant Pot makes making bone broth quite a breeze and if you’re choosing chicken bones – it will only take you two hours. If you don’t want to drink it, include it in your cooking. Mix into veggies, cook meat in it, add it to soups – wherever you see fit, put it there. Honestly, I’ve even added mine to smoothies before. I don’t season my broth when making it, so I am free to add it to my smoothies without a salty taste to it. And it adds minerals galore! But my favorite way to have bone broth is a hot cup of it before bed with some salt and chipotle spices and a good splash of lemon or lime in there! Yum. 

BONE BROTH

HEALTHY FATS

 Now before you get all defensive and quote that one study that told us that fat makes you fat and also causes your arteries to clog up and your heart to stop, I will say stop! That study has been debunked OVER and over again, and the guy, Ancel Keys, who published it omitted more than half of the countries being studied, which would have proven his theory wrong from the very beginning. He had profits in mind, and profits he received. He also changed the history of human health and not for the best. 

Obesity rates in the US are through the roof! More than one in three adults & one in six children, as well as one in eleven young children, are obese these days. Now if these numbers are not scaring you then maybe this statistic will, “Since 1980, childhood obesity rates (ages 2 to 19) have tripled – with the rates of obese 6-to11-year-olds more than doubling (from 7.0 percent to 17.5 percent) and rates of obese teens (ages 12 to 19) quadrupling from 5 percent to 20.5 percent. (NHANES, 2011-2014 data” And also this fact as well – “Nationally, nearly 38 percent of adults are obese (NHANES, 2013-2014 data)” Now if you followed the trends of obesity rates in America you would see that they started to increase dramatically following the publishing of Ancel Key’s study in 1978. Processed foods became the norm, low-fat (high-sugar & additives) foods were stocked in every kitchen refrigerator and pantry, and healthy fats were deemed the evil of all evil. 

AVOCADO

We(well, a lot of us do) STILL believe that fat is bad for us. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Fat is what keeps your skin and hair healthy. Fat helps you absorb the fat-soluble vitamins or A, D, E, and K. It fills your fat cells and insulates your body. It protects your vital organs. The essential fatty acids that we get from our diet are the ones that we need for brain development, inflammation control, and even blood clotting as well as your hormones functioning well. So what are good sources of healthy fat you ask? 

Here are a few examples: Grass-fed beef, coconut, avocado, nuts & seeds (remember that these should be soaked and sprouted before consuming!), whole eggs, full fat raw dairy – yogurt, cream, butter, cheese & milk, wild salmon & other fatty fish & olives and olive oil. 

ORGAN MEATS

Now when was the last time you had liver pate? Or gizzard stew? I’m going to guess around 95% of my readers will either say never or SO long ago you cannot even tell me exactly when it was. You might mention how you don’t like the taste or the smell or even the way it looks. And all I have to say about that is, you’re missing out. I mean, really missing out! 

Here’s a short crazy story of my relationship to organ meats. I was a vegan then vegetarian for around 5 years. The last year of my vegetarianism I was pregnant and then nursing. And I kid you not, I craved liver probably every other day if not more often. But I didn’t give into my craving because I believed I was being healthy by not eating animal products. I can save that story for another post. Regardless to say, six months postpartum I got a lot of testing done because I was not feeling my best – and the first words out of my naturopath’s mouth were, “You might want to reconsider your vegetarian diet if you want to start feeling healthier.” I went home and cooked myself a grass-fed lamb steak the same night and have never looked back. And honestly, my health has improved dramatically since then too. 

LIVER PATE

So what’s so good about organ meats? They are some of the most nutrient-dense foods that you can put on your plate. They provide a good source of iron and protein and are packed with Vitamin A, B12, and folate, and holds a high CoQ10 content. Pound for pound when compared to many fruits and vegetables – offal will usually win in any vitamin or mineral category. 

So what kind of organ meats are there? We have quite a few – liver, gizzards, heart, kidneys, tongue, sweetbreads, brain, tripe, oxtail & liverwurst. And the recipe ideas with these are endless just as any other cut of meat. You just have to get creative, use the spices you normally would and allow your taste buds to get used to the tastes our ancestors knew very well! My grandfather cooked & ate aspic(a meat jello) every single day until the day he passed. 

And as a side note, I will mention the fear of toxicity to organ meats. While most of us are quick to say that we don’t eat liver or kidneys because they have toxins stored in them, we are forgetting simple biology. Our liver and kidneys are a filtering system, not a storing system. So they filter the toxins and because they do so – they are loaded with the good stuff to be able to filter out the bad stuff. 

RAW DAIRY

The real deal – raw, unhomogenized, no antibiotics, full of enzymes and still with the vitamins and minerals intact. Stuff that will go bad quickly if not consumed. Is it hard to find it? Yes, but is it impossible? No. A lot of grocery stores now carry Organic Pastures raw dairy. If not, I have included a website below that can help you find some raw milk locally. Note: it has been made illegal in some states to BUY raw milk, however, you can own a cow/goat share and enjoy the product of those animals. 

I won’t get into the horrid details of regular milk and how those poor animals are treated. What I will say is that raw milk is full of healthy fats, it does not contain added sugars or hormones (that low-fat milk you buy, it tastes good to you for a reason and it’s not because removing the cream from milk makes it taste good), it is full of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2. It has a plethora of anti-inflammatory omega 3s, it is loaded with minerals and electrolytes – like calcium, magnesium & potassium, and it contains enzymes that help you digest the milk! Talk to anyone who can drink raw milk without a problem, but frequents the toilet when drinking store bought stuff – they will tell you what a difference it is! 

BUTTER

You can find raw cheese at most health food stores – even Trader Joe’s carries a few! As for the milk, cream, cheese, butter – you’re best off searching at Whole Foods or a local co-op. If you cannot find any, look at the link in the references below, and you just might be able to find some through there.  

Also – you may want to search for a WAPF Facebook group in your area. They usually have wonderful resources for local dairy, meat and other good for you things!

This sums up the dietary guidelines of maintaining healthy teeth while maintaining healthy levels of nutrients and minerals in our bodies. Now we all know that eating this way will not just benefit your teeth health – but it will benefit your overall health. And who doesn’t want to be healthy not just today, but twenty and thirty years from now? I know, I sure do. And I also know that its a lot easier to take care of ourselves while we still have our health than it could be when you don’t. Although still possible, never lose hope, everything is possible. 

Make sure to check back in next week for part two of this three-part series on teeth health. 

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DIET TIPS FOR NATURAL TEETH HEALTH

RESOURCES

Below you will find a few resources to learn more about some of the topics covered in the above post. You can also further your education on the subject by reading the below listed books.

Antinutrient information

 https://draxe.com/antinutrients/

Obesity

 https://stateofobesity.org/obesity-rates-trends-overview/ 

Organ meats

 https://thecuriouscoconut.com/blog/100-plus-ways-to-eat-more-organ-meats-offal-and-odd-bits 

Sugar

 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig-john-yudkin

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

Raw Milk

 http://www.realmilk.com/brochures/real-milk-brochure/ 

 https://www.realmilk.com/real-milk-finder/

Books

Weston A. Price – Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

Sally Fallon – Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats

Catherine Shanahan M.D. – Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

Ramiel Nagel – Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition & Cure Gum Disease Naturally: Heal and Prevent Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis with Whole Foods

Nadine Artemis – Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums

 

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7 WAYS I MEAL PREP EACH WEEK

Meal prep is all the rage these days. And for good reason. Nothing makes your eating choices easier than having healthy options already prepared at the moments when the time is not available. I couldn’t tell you how many times I chose to eat out only based on the fact that I didn’t have enough time or energy to make something, and I am sure I am not alone.

Now that I have a little one, time is an even more important currency to me than anything else. My toddler needs me more than I like it sometimes and that is okay. However, I cannot forget that to stay healthy, I need to eat healthily and so does my family.

You will love these simple suggestions because they can make meal prepping less intimidating than it may seem at times.

7 THINGS I MEAL PREP EACH WEEK

1. Boil eggs. Nothing can be easier (well, the boiling part is easy – the peeling might be a different story). Put your eggs in a pot, cover with water, boil it up, turn it off set a timer for 7-8 minutes, then put into an ice bath. Easy peasy!

2. Cut up veggies. Romaine, carrots, celery, peppers, cabbage, onions – whatever vegetables you like – cut them up. Put them into glass containers and store in the fridge. This makes making salads and stir fries a breeze!

3. Make a protein salad. Since you just cut up some onions and celery – why not toss some of that in a bowl, along with some seeds and maybe even some raisins, then pop in a few cans of tuna or wild salmon, some of your favorite spices – add some mayo and mix it up. You have yourself a few servings of an easy protein salad that you can grab and eat. 

4. Roast veggies. I love making bowls – and they come together super easy with roasted vegetables. My favorites are the Trader Joe’s tri colored carrots roasted in balsamic vinegar and avocado oil with garlic & herbs. I also do a batch of diced beets and carrots and a batch of either regular potatoes or sweet potato “fries”. I usually roast two smaller baking sheets at a time, saving you from the heat of the oven just a bit.

5. Bake a chicken. I love making a spatchcock chicken. I can toss it in the oven right after I roast my veggies and leave it to bake for an hour. I’ll be sharing y favorite way to season and bake it on the blog soon. For a great way to make one check out Nom Nom Paleo’s blog here . I then cut it up and serve it with veggies, on a salad or shred some of it for a quick protein salad. I ALWAYS save the bones and freeze for the following week’s meal prep(I’ll get to the reason why next)!

6. Make bone broth. I know this can seem a bit more time consuming than time-saving, but hear me out here. You will have a ton of veggie scraps from the veggies you make – and you will also have bones from the chicken you baked the week before. Grab those bones and those veggies and place into your Instant Pot (if you’re new to the IP game, you can find one here ) or you can always make it right on the stove. I place my scraps and bones into the IP, cover with water, add a tbsp of apple cider vinegar, seal and set on manual for 160 minutes. Once done, let cool, strain and refrigerate. Such an easy way to make sure all of your food is used up and a great way to add vitamins, minerals, and protein to your diet!

7. Make a breakfast casserole. If you still have some time, you can also make a quick and easy egg casserole. The basics are this – veggies and eggs. You can always put another source of protein in there – like sausage or cut up bacon if you would like. Toss everything together, place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Don’ forget to eat this with a healthy fat, like an avocado when you heat it up during the week.

These are my go-to meal prep steps I take weekly. They free up a ton of my time during the week, and most of the work is only hands on during the prep.

I have to add in and say that my meal prep is always evolving. It also changes a lot with the seasons and I will be sure to share when some changes happen in the coming months of fall.

What steps do you take to make your meals easier during the week?

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EATING WITH THE SEASONS + 4 REASON ON WHY YOU WANT TO DO THAT

Summer is one of my favorite seasons (food wise, definitely not weather wise while living in Sacramento..) So if you know me IRL you know very well that I am big on eating with the seasons. And by big – I mean, I go all out when it’s tomato season. Or fig season. Which happens to be the same season. Which happens to mean – tons of tomatoes and figs.

I never considered eating with the seasons as well as eating locally a thing. Until I moved to California. And actually, not even until I moved to Northern California – where we are so blessed to have SO many local farms around. We have favorites in our house and love supporting them first before the big box stores.

It’s been about three years now, and we have never looked back. Do I miss eating tomatoes in the winter? Yes, I do. I crave their sweetness, the flavor they pack to any meal. But the handful of times we have bought some at the stores during that time – just did not cut it for me. They taste flavorless, bland, and have no smell to them. I like my food full of flavor and find nothing to be short of providing than – than shopping with the seasons.

4 REASONS TO EAT SEASONALLY

1. You get the BEST flavor!
You can easily test this yourself, and you will know that it’s absolutely true. Buy some tomatoes next time you go to your farmers market or local store. And savor the flavor. They are picked ripe, they are red, rich and they smell absolutely divine. Now go and try to find a. farmers market b. same smelling, and tasting tomato in the winter. Chances are unless you live in a warm climate you will not find a. and while you will find an actual tomato – it will not taste, look, or smell even remotely close to what you will have during summer time.

2. The nutritional content is much higher.
Simple as science – sun and soil feed the plants. When produce is picked at its ripest, it has had the most exposure to the sun and is filled with antioxidants to the brim. While you still get plenty of nutrition from the produce you eat that is not in season, there is still a difference.

3. The price is always lower.
Pay attention, the produce that is in season will always have sales or be cheaper while it is in season and in abundance rather than when it is not. So while eating berries sounds delicious any time of the year, we all know that berry picking season is the summer.


4. You get to experiment.

This is the best part. When I started to eat seasonally I realized that a lot of the vegetables I was used to cooking were NOT around when I wanted to cook them. This forced me to try new ones, cook different dishes, and experiment all around. It’s a great way to expand your taste palette.

Now you may be thinking, but how do I know what is in season? That’s really simple to find out. A quick google search can tell you. But the best way to find out is to visit a local farmers market. Ask the farmers. Look around. Smell the produce. Those berries – they are ripe and juicy and sweet with so much flavor. Those tomatoes – the best thing you can slice into your salad or put in your sandwich. The zucchini noodles you’ve been dying to make? Guess what, farmers are picking the zucchini left and right at this time of the year, and just waiting for you to come and buy some.

Most of the summer vegetables and fruit are high in water as well as sugar content. The two things needed to survive the hot and long summer days! It just makes so much more sense to eat watermelon now than it does on a cold winter day.

Also, I have to note that although we try to eat as seasonally and locally as possible – I totally get that it’s not always a possibility. And that is more than okay, as long as vegetables and fruits are a part of your daily diet – all is well!

Here is a list of the local to me (Northern California) summer fruits and vegetables. Feel free to pin it, and have a reference if you so happen to be in the same area.

What are your favorite summer fruits and veggies? What do you like to make with them? I will soon be sharing some new recipes using the crazy big flat of figs I got from my local farmer a few days ago. Putting some of them in the recipes, and some just straight in my belly.