I love to eat seasonally and a reason why I love Autumn is yummy Sweet potatoes and Butternut squash!!
Back long ago!,People ate certain foods only when they were readily available, accessible and in season. These days it is different and extremely easy for us to forget about seasons when we eat. Thanks to modern food processing techniques and worldwide distribution of resources, most foods remain available year-round. Grocery store shelves look the exact same in December as they do mid July, and we are able to buy any type of food we want irrespective of its seasonal availability.
Benefits of Seasonal eating:
Better nutritional content and overall health ,Most grocery stores and food chains jazz up their fruits and vegetables to keep them looking attractive and inviting when they’re out of season. This naturally compromises the nutrition level of the food. Non-seasonal foods require bending of nature’s rules in order for them to survive the improper season in which they are brought into the world. Therefore, these foods are often full of pesticides, waxes, preservatives and other chemicals that are used in order to make them look fresher than they are.
By eating freshly harvested produce, you will be rotating your foods, thereby keeping your body from developing intolerance to certain foods and reaping the health benefits of a diet that is diverse and naturally detoxifying. Seasonal foods also have a much higher antioxidant content than non-seasonal foods.
For example, in traditional Chinese medicine, spring is associated with the liver ,one of the body’s primary detoxification organs. Synergistically, spring is also the time when dandelion and other bitter greens are fresh and available; these bitter greens support the liver and its function of cleansing the blood.
Sustainable and environmental benefits – By eating seasonally, you will also be supporting the local farmers and local markets, which, in turn, works well for the sustainability of the entire economy. Seasonal eating helps the environment by reducing the number of food miles your food has to make before it reaches your table. The more local you eat, the less chances exist that you are consuming food that has been flown in from half way across the world, in effect consuming that much more fuel.
Economical benefits – It doesn’t cost the earth to produce seasonal foods at a time when they are naturally and readily available. Seasonal foods are cheaper to produce and hence, cheaper to buy as well.
Our ancestors ate seasonal food because they didn’t have much choice. We, on the other hand, can make the informed and educated choice of opting to eat only those foods that are grown seasonally. Coordinating our diets with the cycles of the seasons naturally cleanses us and builds health for the body.
Try this seasonal curry perfect for these Autumn days!
I made this Coconut Curry and I was super impressed, it was creamy, comforting and best of all very healthy. 🙂
Now the weather is much colder, nothing is better than a warm veggie curry to snuggle up with in the evening.
- 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1 clove of garlic chopped
- 2-3 pinches of sea salt
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 1 cup of butter nut squash (cubed)
- 1/2 a cauliflower
- 2 courgettes
- 2 tbsp of curry powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Mix dry spices together in a little bowl, Curry powder, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt.
Steam or boil the potatoes and butternut squash for 20-30 mins until soft, add cauliflower for last 5 minutes.
Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan, add in the garlic and courgettes. Cook until courgettes soften, add in the sweet potatoes, butternut squash and cauliflower.
Add coconut milk, the dry spices and stir well. Heat for another 5 minutes until the liquid is hot and Serve!
You can add in any veggies you like, carrots, Kale, spinach, anything you like to mix it up.
This is a hands down winner of any curry recipes I’ve tried! YUM.
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