We love eating local and seasonal produce. Why? Well for starters, buying local and seasonal supports farmers and small businesses. Seasonal foods are also better for the environment. Most of all, they are fresh and packed with nutrients. What's better than eating something that was harvested weeks, if not days ago?
With the change of seasons quickly approaching, we're getting excited about adding some new foods to our plate. As summer quickly turns to fall, the produce at our local farmers market will also change. Here are just a few of the up and coming seasonal items we're most looking forward to:
Is there anything more synonymous with fall than apples? Let us have a basket of green, red, yellow—we don't care! As long as they are fresh and juicy. Aside from the taste, though, apples are wonderful for health and are a great source of fiber. We love them as a midday snack or for slicing up with a heaping spoonful of nut butter.
Pears are an impressive fruit, and we think they don't get enough credit for all of their wonderful health benefits. Pears have iron, potassium, and a healthy dose of fiber. They are also delicious. Slice them up and toss in your fall salads!
Another fruit for the list, grapes are a nutritious snack option, especially when working from home or for a healthy kids' snack. As far as nutrients go, grapes contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin A. They also have calcium, potassium, and are a healthy carbohydrate option.
When you get tired of all that natural fruit sugar, indulge yourself in kale. Possibly one of our favorite foods of the season, kale is best in the fall when it's in peak season. We recommend eating it cooked—learn why here.
Last but certainly not least: winter squash. Squash is one of our favorite fall foods for a myriad of reasons, including its rich vitamin contents and affordability. We love that squash is super adaptable too; add it to almost any meal (salads, pasta, burritos, casseroles) and we're sure we'll love it.