Have you ever wondered if the convenience of having all the fruits and vegetables year around does your wallet and health good? It is certainly convenient, especially if you crave something really bad. At this point, mostly all of us forgot ( or were never taught) when certain fruits and vegetables are in season. Whereas previous generations consumed certain foods only when they were in season, this was not because they knew more about nutrition and health but because simply they didn't have a choice, in our age of modern nutritional knowledge we should avoid buying fruits and vegetables outside of their peak season. Additionally, we loose appreciation for certain produce because we see it all year round. Growing up in Russia, where life fully evolves around four seasons, I couldn't wait for those juicy cucumbers that were only available late spring, early summer. I still remember the taste in my mouth and the excitement of just simply eating a cucumber.
Here is why you should buy seasonal food:
The nutritional value of seasonal food can be outstanding. Seasonal foods are filled with anti-oxidants that are of great benefit to your health. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals which help you stay young. Supermarkets usually add gloss to the produce to make it look more ripe and appealing. We are the ones loosing out on the vitamins and nutrients by buying unseasonal foods. Seasonal foods are also budget friendly as they don't cost as much to be produced and preserved since they are often grown locally instead of imported. Fortunately, there has been a shift towards the seasonal produce recently. There are plenty Farmers' markets being opened up all around the country which can be useful for the whole overall economy while offering us the benefits of locally grown produce.
Raising a baby in our age and time can seem like a very easy task. We have all the resources necessary to ease up our lives as parents. Unlike our ancestors who had to rely on their own manual work and the degree of creativity, we have been fortunate to reap the fruits of the modern day technology. So having a baby for most people is like a piece of cake. Undoubtedly so! That is if your follow a mainstream agenda and the direction all the big manufacturing companies want you to go.
Recently I've become a mom for the first time and it's been the greatest blessing from God. During my pregnancy, I devoted a lot of time into researching topics that pertained to raising a healthy baby. The more i dug deeper the more complicated it had got. As an example, in my quest to find a toxic free all natural, budget friendly crib, took me well over a month. This was not because there was no variety of such, but because all the natural toxic free ones were way over my budget limit. It drove me to a conclusion that most people are doomed into going with mainstream companies who care more about mass consumption than the health of our kids. Therefore, I have noticed that a lot of people are reverting back to the old ways of raising kids with, of course, a modern spin on it. Concerned parents started substituting all famous choices with not so popular alternatives, such as buying wooden toys for your baby instead of all colorful noise making toys; substituting regular diapers with cloth diapers (this is one aspect I chose to go with the modern day society :)); breastfeeding instead of formula. We have a plephora of choices to make our lives easy as parents, but I encourage everybody to do their homework on things that would benefit your baby. We might not see the results of our efforts right now but in a long run we will be able turn back and praise the choices we've made.
I would love to hear about your experience
Still not sold on kale? You want to eat healthier but don't want to sacrifice the taste? Then, kale can become your match. It's a must in my refrigerator and definitely the green I use the most. Believe it or not, you can make many delicious meals with kale. I use a lot of kale in my smoothies which does taste quite good! Still skeptical? Here are some facts about this green wonder: Kale is an archaic type of cabbage. Kale has been cultivated for over 3,000 years. It originated in Asia Minor and was introduced to Europe by the Celtics around 600 BC. It was extremely popular in ancient Greece and Rome. In the 17th century it was brought to the United States by the early English settlers. Kale is extremely rich in vitamins A and C - essential for visual and immune functions. Kale is great for your bones since it is the best source of vitamin K. The calcium in kale is absorbed much better than the calcium in milk so it helps protect against osteoporosis, arthritis, and bone loss. Kale has many benefits for women. It helps to regulate estrogen and may prevent many forms of cancer. Kale supplies important minerals like calcium and iron for pregnant women. It also provides folic acid for the baby's nervous system development. Additionally, Kale increases breastmilk supply. Fortunately, kale has entered back into the arena of modern food. Kale tends to be a little bit bitter in flavor, but it goes away by washing and cooking. For example, if you use kale in your smoothies, combine it with fruits and berries, or combine kale with other vegetables in your salad. Looking for a good healthy snack, try Kale Chips. It is a great but simple recipe to introduce Kale in your daily menu:
4 cups kale
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and trim the kale. Toss with extra virgin olive oil. Roast for five minutes. Turn kale over. Roast another 7 to 10 minutes until kale turns brown and becomes paper thin and brittle. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!!!