The benefits of eating seasonally, listening to your body and what to buy in the winter


Besides supporting your community, going frequently to your local farmer’s market helps you also to stay connected to nature and eat a diet, which is seasonal, organic and fresh. But in my work as a nutritionist, the most important benefit would be the amazing nutritional value that you get when you buy fruits and vegetables which are in season. Seasonal produce is picked when it's ripe, meaning it is at their nutritional peak and contains more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to nourish your body.

But not only the soil adjusts itself seasonally. Also our bodies naturally crave refreshing, cooling, light foods in the summer and warming, energizing, comforting foods in the winter. If we would listen to our bodies and our taste buds, we intuitively know how to eat seasonally. So which LOCAL and SEASONAL vegetables and fruits should you buy in the next two months? Here is my list, which can vary depending where you live:

Vegetables:

Beets

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage (green, red, savoy)

Carrots

Kale

Leek

Onions (red, yellow)

Parsnip

Potatoes (red, russet, white, yellow)

Pumpkin

Rutabaga

Squash (winter)

Swiss chard

Turnip (white)

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Fruits*:

Apples

Pears

*To keep your immune system happy and strong, here are some non-local, but seasonal fruits to add to that list:

Clementines, Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Kiwi, Oranges, Persimmons, Tangerines, Lemons