As we move into autumn, adjust your recipes to include seasonal food. Seasonal eating provides you with the freshest food ingredients. You can enjoy better food and support local farmers by buying meat, eggs and produce in season. By eating locally grown foods, so it’s good for the environment too: It supports small and midsize local farmers, cuts down on pollution from shipping and trucking food and reduces your carbon footprint. And if all that’s not enough to get you to make some simple switches in your diet, consider this: In-season foods save you money. Peek these five superfoods that are in season during September below:
Pumpkins. Pumpkins which are a staple of the Autumn months are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene. This is thought to help promote vitamin A production. It is also full of potassium.
Beetroot. Beetroot is first in season in September and contains lots of nitrates which are thought to lower blood pressure.
Kale. Superfood of the moment Kale comes into season in October. This all powerful veg is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K as well as iron, potassium and manganese. All of this is thought to help with various bodily functions including blood clotting and bone health.
Cabbage. Cabbage is just in season now and as a green leafy vegetable has always been considered nutritionally super. It is considered a great source of vitamins C and K, and therefore good for both brain function and joint health.
Blueberries. Blueberries are in season in August so get your hands on the last batches while the temperatures are still above average. They are a fantastic choice as one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and are low in calories and high in nutrients, including phenolic compounds with an antioxidant capacity significantly higher than vitamins C or E.