Why does it seem so easy to eat more natural foods during the summer? The minute winter rolls around we start wanting to eat more processed or fat-laden foods. This usually results in weight gain. Yikes! If you want to know how to eat naturally healthy all year round, then keep reading.
The simple answer would be that fresh fruits and vegetables are much cheaper when they are in season. You know how much cheaper strawberries and blueberries are during the summer, they can triple in price the minute the cold weather hits.
It makes sense then to start planning your meals around the foods that are available in your local area. When you do this your food expenses will be cheaper and you won’t get bored with eating the same foods over and over again.
This way you can always be eating healthy and nutritious meals that are full of natural ingredients. June is perfect for asparagus, while September brings fresh apples and squash.
If you have the room and enjoy gardening you may want to grow your own vegetables during the summer months. This can be a great family activity for everyone. What can be better than picking your entire salad from your own garden? You won’t have to worry about pesticides and other chemicals being used on them.
Another way to keep eating natural foods all year round is to fresh your favorites when they are in season. I always freeze lots of blueberries and use them in my morning smoothies.
With so many families eating out or on the room, it can be hard to ensure that your family is receiving all their required nutrients. Blending up a smoothie is a great way to get things like fruits, milk and even spinach into your children.
Soups and stews are other great ideas for eating healthier. They are easy to make and can even be prepared in a slow cooker during the day. Use lots of fresh vegetables such as carrots, celery, onions, garlic, peppers, mushrooms and sweet potatoes. This is also the perfect way to cook once and eat twice. Just make a large pot so that you have plenty of leftovers for the next day.
Start today and get into the habit of checking out the produce section in your local grocery store. Then select one that you haven’t used in a long time and experiment with it. This will add variety back into your meals. For example, try using spaghetti squash as your noodles the next time you make spaghetti at home.
It really is not that difficult to eat in a natural and healthy way. Just pay attention to those fruits and veggies that are in season and shop accordingly.