Clean Living: Eating Fresh, Seasonal Vegetables
Hi guys! A part of Meg's Paleo Living is about living a fuller life, through not only eating well, but also getting outside. Living in California, I have access to all the vegetables I could ever want in the grocery stores all year long. While eating lots of vegetables has significant health benefits, eating local and seasonally boosts what you get out of your veggies. When certain vegetables are in season, the sheer amount of flavor is amazing. My mom has an amazing garden with beautiful planter boxes, so I popped by her house to do some 'local' shopping for fresh vegetables. She has an amazing green thumb, a skill I hope to one day learn from her.
It is summer time here in California, so right now the garden is overflowing with green onions kale, green beans, and a wide variety of peppers and tomatoes. I eat kale all year round, but now that I have eaten it fresh picked from the garden, I feel a little spoiled. I have to take careful care to wash the vegetables I picked because they are as organic as they come, straight from the dirt.
I have been making a lot of salads and pulled pork bowls with on a bed of freshly sauteed kale with some salt, garlic and pepper to taste. I top that off with freshly chopped green onions. Having kale in season means have access to a great super food - high in fiber, low in calories and high in antioxidants, kale has been an essential food to my clean living.
Summer time also means tomatoes are in season; here, the tomatoes are not quite ready, though they did take over the planter box. Once they are ready, expect to see some fresh tomato and basil salads and some fresh homemade salsa recipes popping up on Meg's Paleo Living.
On the other side of the back yard, there is a beautiful avocado tree. In California, avocados grow all year round, but since she only has one tree that fruits in the Fall, I have to wait a few months before I can eat these. Avocados take a lot of water, so since California is in a severe drought, I expect prices in the grocery stores to get higher and higher. When you eat vegetables that are in season, they also tend to be cheaper because they are more plentiful.
The peppers in her garden are almost ready. Her garden consists of almost everything you need to make delicious guacamole or pico de gallo.
Eating locally, and seasonally means you are eating vegetables at their maximum level of nutrition. Fueling your body with the best means you function better. This is also a more sustainable approach for the environment, eating foods that are organic and local means you support the local economy (if they are not homegrown, that is).