What’s the big deal about seasonal eating?
Eating what’s in season isn’t just more environmentally friendly, it’s also a really important way to help keep your body in balance. Our bodies have spent thousands of years eating what was naturally available during the various seasons of the year, and nature has this miraculous way of providing what we need, when we need it.
Here at Countertop, we are big fans of eating seasonally because seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and have a much higher nutritional content than produce which is out of season. A seasonal diet is diverse and provides your body with a whole host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which change regularly and benefit your health and wellbeing.
In the winter months, it’s important to incorporate certain foods into our diet to keep the digestive system warm. Keeping digestion warm will help the food you eat break down better by adding in spices that will keep that digestive fire strong. Along with seasonal produce, there are many spices and herbs that are perfect for this time of year. Cloves, ginger, black pepper, and rosemary all bring some heat to digestion without overheating. Fenugreek, turmeric, cinnamon are all anti-bacterial and will help keep immune systems strong throughout the cold winter months.
When it comes to seasonal produce, there are many fruits and vegetables that are great this time of year. This is what we are loving, and tossed with some Golden Butter or a spoonful of Poultry Blends with Benefits these seasonal foods become even more functional and delicious.
Carrots: Carrots, and mostly all root vegetables, are ideal at this time of year. They help keep your digestion warm and the extra calories can help keep our bodies warmer in cold climates. Roast with Golden Butter for a delicious, easy, and flavorful side dish that the whole family will love.
Parsnips: Parsnips are another delicious root vegetable, full of dietary fibre, folate, potassium, and vitamin C. Mashed parsnips with Golden Butter are a delicious and wonderful alternative to mashed potatoes, plus you get in your healthy fats and an immune boost by adding in Golden Butter.
Citrus fruits: You’ve probably heard that citrus fruits are full of vitamin C. Oranges, clementines, lemons and limes are all in season right now. Along with being a great source of vitamin C, citrus fruits are full of nutrients such as potassium, folate, and calcium.
Countertop is passionate about helping you cook delicious food with maximum health in minimum time. Our products re-imagine every day staples like butter, sweetener and seasonings into minimally processed, easy to use, outrageously delicious functional blends that turn the foods you already love into superfoods. Read more about our Countertop story here.