Would you rather eat cookies fresh out of the oven, or out of a box with a 6-month shelf life from the supermarket? When you choose to eat seasonally, it’s like eating those fresh-baked cookies, except probably a lot more healthy!
In fact, seasonal fruits and veggies are fresher and have up to 10 times more vitamins and nutrients!
Seasonal eating is a cornerstone of some of the world’s most primal and highly effective nutritional philosophies—ancient traditions such as macrobiotics and ayurveda. It’s also how our ancestors had to eat, which has allowed the human species to develop into the amazing physical machines we are today!
The seasons provide a healthy menu year round, the foundation for one of the most powerful and effortless diets you can follow.
Have you ever wondered why broccoli, sprouts and tart cherries are featured on menus in the spring and not in the winter? They have detoxifying properties that are the opposite of what our bodies need going into winter when we need insulation for warmth (although this isn’t as much of an issue for us in Southern California).
Following the seasons with your food choices also saves you money, reduces pollution, and helps support local farmers. When foods are fresh and local, they haven’t traveled as far (saving natural resources) and haven’t been contaminated by endless handling (reducing food-related illnesses). Seasonal eating is a WIN-WIN for your body and the environment!
THIS SEASON WE ARE SHOWCASING APRICOTS
What’s so great about apricots? Get this:
- apricots are from the prune family, native to Armenia and China, and almost all U.S. production is right here in California (YAY local growers!)
- rich in vitamin A, apricots are “easy on the eyes” (and good for them too!)
- they’re also rich in beta carotene that prevents macular degeneration and other geriatric conditions affecting eyesight
- they’re also rich in antioxidants that eliminate free radicals supporting the immune system (like your very own internal exterminator)
- apricots are high in soluble fiber (the best kind) that supports digestion, elimination, and protects against gastrointestinal disorders (like a fruity “Drano” for your clogged pipes)
- fiber in apricots also prevents cardiovascular disease by getting rid of bad cholesterol and supporting good cholesterol (heart health, yes please!)
- they’re also a good source of a special type of iron called non-heme iron that the body absorbs slowly, preventing anemia
- apricots are good for keeping your blood pressure level
- and to round it off, the potassium content of apricots regulates water levels in and between cells, thereby serving as electrolytes that carry neurotransmissions (trust us, that’s good); just a ½ cup of apricots gives you 21% of your daily potassium requirement!
What can you do with apricots other them eating them dried in trail mixes or sliced in granola?
How about this Apricot Bar recipe!