Why do we want to eat produce that's grown in season?
1) Higher nutrient value; they fully ripen
2) Lower impact on the environment; reduce food miles
3) Costs less!
Most of my readers know that I advocate for families to eat more fruits and vegetables daily. My goal for my subscribers is to shoot for 5 -- five different fruits and five different veggies every day! Is this hard? Depends. The region and your resources could influence your options. Plus culture may have something to do with it too. But we can choose to have an open mind and embrace that real, colorful food by way of fruits and vegetables (and a variety from good sources), can promote healing and recovery in our wellness journey.
If you're struggling to try something new because you're eating the same 2 or 3 veggies (or fruit) day in and day out, you may be interested in learning that I was just like you a handful of years ago (learn more here).
You can also download my free eGuide (no affiliations mentioned) if you'd like to incorporate more colorful foods by way of fruits and vegetables in your regimen here.
Lastly, you can always bridge the gap with dehydrated fruits and veggies that are non-GMO, more information here. Whether you choose to incorporate the whole food based nutrition product or not, I encourage you to set a new goal every week: Try a new fruit or a new vegetable. Go online, find a recipe, how to clean or prep it, and how to make it (if it needs cooking). Open your mind to the possibilities!
The aforementioned product served as a catalyst for me to change and nowadays I really enjoy fruits and veggies. So the goal of 10 (5 fruits / 5 veggies) is in addition to the 30 whole foods I always get daily!
From this list below, share your favorite fruit and vegetable. I'd love to hear a memory about why these are your favorites.
How to find fruits and vegetables in season in your specific region - visit Sustainable Table and for a list of produce generally available, go to Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters.
Lastly, you may want to see if there are any farmer's markets in your area or community support agriculture programs or co-ops (like Azure Standard or Frontier), visit Local Harvest. You can Google the co-op programs and find the site and drop off information for your city, if available, on their websites.
Ready? Let's dig in! =)
Nourishing Minimalism - Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Delicious Obsessions - Brine Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Delicious Obsessions - Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
The Humbled Homemaker - Lemon Blue Cheese Brussels Sprouts
The Organic Kitchen - Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potato Hash
To use for prepping - sharp tools (like this). This is one of the best I've used!
Spaghetti with Collard Greens and Tomatoes from Convey Awareness
Collard Vegetable Wraps with Creamy Basil Hemp Seed Sauce via Gourmande in the Kitchen
Handy Colander - like this for rinsing leafy greens.
Delicious Obsessions - Roasted Beet and Kale Salad
Delicious Obsessions - Zesty Kale Chips
Farm Fresh Feasts - Fried Rice with Massage Kale
Farm Fresh Feasts - Spicy Kale Pizza Dough with Mushrooms and Cheese
One Beet - Tuscan Kale Salad
The Humbled Homemaker - Sweet Kale Salad
Preserve extra kale easily - with this for freezer storage
Au Naturale Nutrition - Tuscan Bean Soup with Kale
Delicious Obsessions - Savory Baked Kale Chips
Girl Meets Nourishment - Sweet and Salty Kale Chips
Recipes to Nourish - Sauteed Kale with Pasture Butter
Recipes to Nourish - Sauteed Cauliflower Greens and Kale Chiffonade
Recipes to Nourish - Garlic Herb Raw Kale Chips
The Organic Kitchen - Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Don't want to turn on your oven for kale chips, try this!
Convey Awareness - Whole Food Therapy with Leeks
Farm Fresh Feasts - Cheesy Leeks and Orzo
Learning and Yearning - Ramps or Wild Leeks Soup
Handy bowls for cleaning leeks, try these and let me tell you, they're practical use for most recipes.
Delicious Obsessions - Spicy Orange Sweet Potatoes
Delicious Obsessions - Bison Sweet Potato Stew
Delicious Obsessions - Crispy Sweet Potato Skins
Delicious Obsessions - Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding
Farm Fresh Feasts - Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili
Recipes to Nourish - Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Recipes to Nourish - Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale with Sage Quinoa Skillet
Is this the crock pot you own? Mine was a gift. I like the programmable feature.
Farm Fresh Feasts - Silken Turnip and Potato Soup
Small Footprint Family - Raw Turnip Recipes
The Humbled Homemaker - Creamy Clementine Smoothie
My favorite blender of all time! You get free shipping, too! I've owned mine for 5 years - no black specks.
Farm Fresh Feasts - Orange Date Olive Oil Muffins
Farm Fresh Feasts - Banana Date Pecan No Sugar Muffins
Farm Fresh Feasts - Molasses Date Oatmeal Muffins
Recipes to Nourish - Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates
Store your dates in these upon unpacking groceries.
Farm Fresh Feasts - Candied Grapefruit Peel (choose honey)
Farm Fresh Feasts - Grapefruit Honey Bran Muffins
Delicious Obsessions - Orange and Green Smoothie
Delicious Obsessions - Lacto Fermented Blood Orange Marmalade
Delicious Obsessions - Saffron Chicken with Orange Reduction
Delicious Obsessions - Better than Takeout - GF Orange Chicken
Delicious Obsessions - GF Orange Coconut Cake
Recipes to Nourish - Orange Sunrise Sparkler Kombucha
Richly Rooted - Easy Orange Julius
This was my go-to appliance for 14 years! I recommend this one for all juicing beginners and for pros who are short on prep and clean up time.
Bed Rock Eats - Candied Pears (Recipe only)
Farm Fresh Feasts - Low and Slow Pear Butter Waffles
Richly Rooted - Clove and Cardamom Poached Pears
Recipes to Nourish - Creamy Herb Chicken Salad with Pomegranate
The Organic Kitchen - Greens with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Be sure to drop back by because there are some categories that could use more recipes. So, when I have them either from my blog, or with permission to share from the blogger, I will add more individual recipes above.
*** Stay tunedThe Spring Collection (Part II) will publish sometime around mid-April, the Summer (Part III) around mid-July, and the Fall (Part IV) around mid-October. ***
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