We are huge fans of eating seasonally. That way you can be sure to get fruits and vegetables when they’ve ripened to their highest nutritional potential. But there are some things that you can enjoy year round, and it’s always a great idea to incorporate them into your daily eating habits for optimum nourishment.
Amaranth (Chinese Spinach): You can make the leaves like you would spinach, and steam or roast the stems like you would asparagus. Amaranth is rich in Vitamins A, C and K… and a great source of calcium.
Avocado: This heart healthy fruit (yes, it’s actually a single-seeded berry) is an excellent source of healthy fats, and is a great source of fiber and Vitamin K. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals, including a generous dose of potassium.
Bell Pepper: Bell Peppers (every color) are an excellent source of Vitamin C. This water-bearing fruit can be enjoyed raw, or cooked into a wide range of dishes to add color and flavor.
Bananas: An excellent source of fiber and potassium, bananas can be enjoyed alone or used as a sugar alternative for smoothies, cereals and baked goods.
Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage): This leafy vegetable a good source of Folate, and is also rich in Vitamins A and C. Enjoy it raw, or steam or saute to bring out its unique flavor.
Carrots: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin C. They make an excellent filling snack and harmonize well in salads, roasts, and stews.
Leeks: This member of the onion family offers a sweet alternative, and is rich in Folate and Vitamin A. Enjoy roasted or sauteed to make the most of its flavor. Delicious with root vegetables like potatoes and beets.
Papaya: Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, Papaya is also contains an enzyme that helps ease muscle cramps and aid digestion and elimination. Enjoy ripe papayas alone, or blended in smoothies for an antioxidant boost.
Parsnips: This root vegetable is an excellent source of fiber, and is often overlooked unless specifically called for in a recipe. It can help strengthen your immune system, help you lose weight, and provide the necessary nutrients for strong bones and teeth.
Snow (Sugar Snap) Peas: These shiny flat pots are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and are packed full of nutrients. They are high in soluble Vitamin C to speed recovery and rehabilitation, and also encourage the body to produce collagen. They are also an excellent source of iron and manganese.