Who amongst us doesn’t want to save money? While there are tons of ways out there to help you save money, eating seasonal has multiple benefits on top of saving money. One of my favorite benefits that comes with eating seasonal foods is that it is great for your health. Keep reading to find out how to save green every season!
How to Save Some Lettuce
There is a season for everything and now you can save money in every season. Have you ever noticed that certain times of the year different foods go on sale? In most cases, this is due to the high saturation of that certain food being brought in. For example, spring is officially here which means strawberries and asparagus are going to be on sale! I absolutely love strawberries and asparagus which is why I keep an eye out for the prices to drop. A good rule of thumb is to check out your local produce isles regularly and see what they are pushing. For those of you who are as lucky as I am, stop by your local farmers market and make friends with your favorite vendors. They will always give you a heads up of what is coming in and even set some aside if you ask nicely.
Benefits of Seasonal Eating
Eating seasonal foods can aid your health in a number of ways. Here is a quick run down of the top reasons to eat seasonal foods for your health: the food is fresher, has a higher nutritional content, higher antioxidant content, contains a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, help naturally cleanse and heal the body, avoids overseas contaminates, lower toxin exposure, more sustainable, and even tastes better too. With all of these amazing benefits from eating seasonal foods why not give it a go in your neck of the woods?
What’s In Season?
If you are wondering what foods to work into your diet this spring here is a quick list: apricots, avocado, blueberries, cherries, oranges, lemons, pineapple, strawberries, honeydew, asparagus, beets, artichokes, broccoli, carrots, spinach, green beans, corn, and so much more… Happy shopping guys! What will you make?
Too Hungry To Think?
Here is a recipe to help get those inspirational juices flowing.
Gluten-Free, Vegan Serves 4
- 2 Heads & Stalks Green Garlic
- 1 Cup Spinach
- ½ Cup White Wine
- 5 ½ Cups Vegetable Stock
- 2 Tbsp Avocado Oil
- 1 Cup Arborio Rice
- 3 Tbsp Vegan Butter
- ½ Cup Grated Vegan Parmesan
- 1 Cup Fresh Peas
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Separate bulb from stalk of green garlic. Rinse well and finely chop garlic bulb into minced sized pieces. Roughly chop garlic greens. Bring stock to a boil, blanch green stalks for 3 minutes. Add spinach and peas for last minute and remove with a slotted spoon. Place directly into a bowl of ice bath. Drain vegetables and puree in a blender until smooth. You may need to add a little cold water to produce an even puree. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and salt. Cook until tender. Add rice, season with a little more salt and cook for 4-5 minutes to toast rice. Pour in the wine (best to do this off heat) and stir until absorbed. Increase heat and add stock ½ cup at a time, until absorbed, stirring frequently until rice is cooked al dente. Once the rice is cooked add in the puree and the butter. Remove from heat and add in cheese, season with more salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
Need a Helping Hand?
A happy and healthy life is closer than you may think. Our health is something that we all have to deal with daily, and when we don’t feel our best, it shows. If you are tired of just making it through your day then you NEED to start investing in your health today! You are not alone on this journey. If you ever need any help I am always here to do just that. Even if it is something as small as just acting as a sounding board. Do you have any questions or concerns I can help you with? Feel free to contact me directly at DrDeeandMe@gmail.com or you can even book a one-on-one call with me. Be sure to subscribe to gain access to tons of free goodies and check back daily for more great recipes and information!