Well-seasoned chefs and savvy kitchenistas always know what’s in-season — and, as part of the POUND Posse, you can too! After all, you are probably getting pretty good at cookin’ as you follow along with our Tuesday Tweaks, our brand new Balanced Eats segment and the B.A.L.A.N.C.E. Guide found in ROCKOUT RESULTS! (If you’re not saavy to our videos yet, subscribe to our Youtube Channel!)
We love shopping locally and purchasing seasonal produce because we know it is fresh from local farmers, not shipped from all over the world or preserved in any way. Isn’t it the BEST when you know exactly where your food comes from? We think so 🙂
What’s the scoop on seasonal produce?
- It’s less expensive. Since seasonal veggies are grown by region, closer to home, they don’t have to travel very far from the farm to your belly. This means that shipping, storage and labor costs are less.
- It’s fresher and tastier. Fruits and veggies, in-season, are nature’s candy. They are grown in-harmony with the season’s rhythms, temperatures, and conditions — not in an artificial environment designed to mimic the season.
- It’s more nutritious. Since seasonal veggies are fresher and don’t sit around on trucks or refrigeration units as long, they maintain a high level of nutrients. That’s why arugula, asparagus and garlic during the Spring are extra-potent and packed with body-lovin’ vitamins and nutrients.
Shop seasonally at your local Farmer’s Market and grab some produce!
Strawberries: These beauties are at their peak from April to June, and are an antioxidant bonanza! Try using berries in a new way — whip up our Rhubarb Porridge, loaded with strawberries and raspberries, and see how versatile it can be!
Radishes: These zesty, zingy powerhouses are a Springtime staple in our kitchens. They bring spice and flavor to any dish without any added sodium, and are pumped full of vitamin C. Radishes peak in Spring, so you better try ‘em out on our famous Avocado Toast right this minute, ok?
Asparagus: High in anti-inflammatory vitamins and nutrients, asparagus is a savory, succulent vegetable that’s actually in the Lilly family, believe it or not! And it serves as the gorgeous centerpiece in this beautiful Eat Pray Love Plate!
Snap Peas: Spring is prime-time for snap peas — iron rich, crisp delicacies that you can munch on raw, dip into hummus, or simmer down in a savory stir-fry.
Sprouts: Unique compounds in sprouts help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, making them a tasty, important spring staple. Add them to wraps, sandwiches, or even a portable mason jar salad!
Hint: marinate your sprouts in your dressing before topping your salad. They will be extra-delicious in each bite!
Lemon: Garlic and lemon are our immunity-boosting go-to’s! Even though it’s acidic, lemon helps harmonize the internal pH of your body. Read about why Alkalinity is important!
Artichoke: Beyond being one of the most beautiful seasonal vegetables, artichokes are very low calorie and fiber-rich — making them beautiful in more than one way! They’re also filled with minerals that will keep your red blood cells healthy and blood pressure controlled.
Spinach: Spinach is a SUPER veggie — it is loaded with antioxidant nutrients, helps maintain bone health and is extremely rich in vitamin K. Not to mention, it’s versatile and delicious raw or cooked!
Need some more sassy seasonal ideas for any time of year? The B.A.L.A.N.C.E Guide, which can be found in your new POUND ROCKOUT RESULTS SYSTEM, is packed with over 50 recipes filled with tasty, nutritious seasonal ingredients.
We can’t wait to see your Instagram photos from the farmer’s market! Use: #poundposse and #balancedeats to check in!
Your seasonal sistas,
The POUND Girls