Fresh Summer Eating

{the following is a from Michelle at Open Eye Health, a monthly contributor}

Now that we’re “officially” a few weeks into summer, I have been enjoying the fresh foods that are available more than ever. Fresh-picked strawberries and now cherries, along with all sorts of other healthful goodies from my local farmers market including tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, peaches, and raspberries.

I love how fresh and enticing these foods look when I pick them or purchase them from a market. Most of these fresh foods haven’t traveled far at all, are in great condition, and have not been altered with artificial colors or preservatives.

In addition, you can be sure that when foods are fresh-picked and look the best, that’s when they’re actually the healthiest, too. Fresh picked foods are full of nutrients and the longer you wait to eat the food, the less vitamins there will be.

In fact, as soon as foods are picked, they begin losing vitamins. That’s why it’s important to purchase the ones that have spent the least amount of time in transit and sitting on shelves. By purchasing as much food as you can locally, you can minimize both of these and at the same time support your local farmers!

Another reason to try to eat the freshest, healthy foods is that if your body is going to spend the time and energy processing a food, it might as well be on a most wholesome and nutritious one! Many farmers even offer organic food options if that is important to you.

Also, if you are looking to eat fresh and save money, try picking some of your own fruits, which are almost always offered at much lower prices. I try to do this every year with strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. If picking your own isn’t an option, try purchasing large containers, such as baskets of tomatoes, instead of by the pound. The money savings can make a huge difference especially if you want to preserve the fresh foods by freezing or canning.

You can check your local newspaper, look online, or simply pay attention to signs when you are out and about to see what’s available in your area. You might even be extra lucky and see signs for some farmers selling their own fresh eggs (sometimes for less than what you’d pay in the store!). Looking for a brightly colored yolk is the key to seeing how nutritious the eggs are!

Other goodies to look for might include local raw honey (so much more delicious and nutritious than mass-produced pasteurized versions), pure maple syrup, cheeses, juice, and locally preserved foods like pickles, salsa, sauces, and salad dressings.

To me, there’s nothing like a great local find and I always keep my eyes open to try new things. The fresh taste and great nutrition just can’t be beat. Oh, how I love these summer months!

Michelle has a passion for natural health and green living. She enjoys sharing ideas for making both of these simple on her blog, Openeyehealth.

 

 

 

sources

http://www.nosweatkitchen.com/fresh-food-vs-canned-food

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Comments

  1. My husband thought he hated honey…until he had local honey. And now he loves it! I hit the farmer’s market at least every couple weeks for some grass-fed beef and some local honey. I am still waiting on my favorite variety, basswood. A wet spring means it’s not available yet. It is delicious and I will buy a lot of it to have through the winter. It’s a really light, slightly minty honey that is excellent in tea, in case anyone’s never had it! Delicious.

  2. just a comment about the eggs — please respect us farmers and do not expect lower pricing for eggs. Our family works hard and we have to pay expenses (feed, sales tax, upkeep) so we ask for a fair price. Our chickens are free range but we still have to give them some feed and that is quite pricey these days!

    While our eggs are usually a bit cheaper than the local health food store, it can get frustrating when people want a price break just ’cause they’re getting them on the farm. When buying from locals remember that they are trying to make a living too and raising animals and veggies is not cheap!

    great ideas in the rest of the article! Thanks for writing!

    ~Charis H