Expert advice, Nutrition
The Sense In Eating Seasonal

Dr. Lakshmi K

Food Scientist

2 min read

 

Seasonal fruits and vegetables produced in local farms are fresh as the nutrients are retained due to less transport time. We all like to eat mangoes all-year-around and the best time to eat them is in the summer with a scoop of yoghurt or ice cream! Crops that are picked at the peak of their ripeness are full of flavour and taste. The joy of eating fresh produce can keep you high as you relish the freshness and flavour of the seasonal foods. Eating seasonal foods is a simple food philosophy, which should become a part of your health goals because of their innumerable health benefits!

Seasonal Must-Haves To Add To Your Diet.
Make a grocery checklist of the local fruits and veggies with the seasons.

  • Buy from a local farmer; choose fresh and locally sourced vegetables and fruits.
  • Add two different seasonal fruits a day to your snacks.

Insane Nutrients You Can Get From Eating Seasonally.

Melons in the summer are a must-have. They contain 92 per cent water, which prevents dehydration, balances electrolytes and keeps your skin on point.

Oranges in winter can be comfort food. They are low in calories, provide satiety with its fibre and are rich in Vitamin C. Oranges are loaded with flavonoids that fight inflammations and infections in the winter. Skin becomes dry and rough in winter; eating oranges regularly can make your skin soft because of the collagen properties.

Pumpkins in monsoon are a rich source of vitamin A and fibre. Eating them during monsoons provides satiety and vitamin C helps ward off colds and cough too.

Secret Health Benefits Of Eating Seasonally.

  • Seasonal must-haves support and encourage local farming, reduce the environmental damage caused due to non-seasonal foods which are transported, exposed to irradiation and hothouses.
  • Freshly produced seasonal foods retain their pigments and anti-oxidants and provide essential nutrition.
  • Seasonal foods are low in pesticides and other contaminants. They are fresh and easy to grow.
  • Seasonal foods can be bought in reasonable quantity and stored for later use to prevent any contamination.
  • Nature has provided us with seasonal foods with lots of benefits like winter has many comfort foods to keep us warm and vitamin C-rich foods prevent colds and infections. Same way, summer foods hydrate us and avoid heatstrokes
  • Eating only seasonal foods may not be possible every time, still making sure to have them in your seasonal grocery checklist can be a boon to your health.
  • Freezing seasonal foods is a good idea so you can use them at any time of the year. You can add them in soups, smoothies and even curries.

    Seasonal fruits and vegetables produced in local farms are fresh as the nutrients are retained due to less transport time. We all like to eat mangoes all-year-around and the best time to eat them is in the summer with a scoop of yoghurt or ice cream! Crops that are picked at the peak of their ripeness are full of flavour and taste. The joy of eating fresh produce can keep your tastebuds satisfied as you relish the freshness and flavour of the seasonal foods. Eating seasonal foods is a simple food philosophy, which should become a part of UR health goals because of their innumerable health benefits!

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    Seasonal Must-Haves To Add To UR Diet

    Make a grocery checklist of the local fruits and veggies with the seasons.

    • Buy from a local farmer; choose fresh and locally sourced vegetables and fruits
    • Add two different seasonal fruits a day to UR snacks
    Insane Nutrients You Can Get From Eating Seasonally
    • Melons in summer are a must-have. They contain 92 per cent water, which prevents dehydration, balances electrolytes and keeps UR skin on point.
    • Oranges in winter can be comfort food. They are low in calories, provide satiety with its fibre and are rich in vitamin C. Oranges are loaded with flavonoids that fight inflammations and infections in the winter. Skin becomes dry and rough in winter; eating oranges regularly can make UR skin soft because of the collagen properties.
    • Pumpkins in monsoon are a rich source of vitamin A and fibre. Eating them during the monsoon provides satiety and vitamin C helps ward off cold and cough too.

    Seasonal fruits are fresh and much healthier since they are not transported or processed. Fruits are usually sold during the off-season after being treated to last longer using different techniques, that can reduce their nutritional content. Blanching, for example, can reduce the vitamins in the fruit and dehydration can reduce vitamin C in fruits.

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    Secret Health Benefits Of Eating Seasonally
    • Seasonal must-haves support and encourage local farming, reduce the environmental damage caused due to non-seasonal foods which are transported, exposed to irradiation and hothouses Freshly produced seasonal foods retain their pigments and antioxidants and provide essential nutrition
    • Seasonal foods are low in pesticides and other contaminants. They are fresh and easy to grow
    • Seasonal foods can be bought in reasonable quantity and stored for later use to prevent any contamination
    • Nature has provided us with seasonal foods with lots of benefits like winter has many comfort foods to keep us warm and vitamin C-rich foods prevent cold and infections. Same way, summer foods hydrate us and avoid heat strokes
    • Eating only seasonal foods may not be possible every time, still making sure to have them in UR seasonal grocery checklist can be a boon to UR health
      Frozen seasonal veggies can be used any time of the year. You can add them in soups, smoothies and even curries
    Few Ways You Can Freeze Vegetables & Fruits

    Carrot
    Finding fresh gardens can be a sight for sore eyes at times. But, what if we told you that you could relish garden-like carrots throughout the year straight from UR freezer. By freezing carrots, you can retain their freshness, maintain their fibre, vitamin A and beta carotene nutrients too. You can use these carrots in soups, sabji and add them to UR vegetable stock.
    How to freeze carrot

    • Scrub the carrots and remove any dirt
    • Blanch them whole or dice them and boil them in water for 3 to 5 minutes
    • Now, transfer the carrots into an ice bath to stop them from cooking through
    • Place the carrots in a tray and let them cool down in the fridge for a bit
    • After 2 hours, transfer them into an airtight container
    Corn

    Did you know that frozen corn has fewer calories and carbs when they are frozen then fresh?
    How to freeze corn

    • Peel and clean the corn cob
    • Blanch them whole in a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes
    • Dip them in a cold bath for them to stop cooking
    • Peel or chop the corns of the cob and store them in zip lock bags and freeze them
    • You can add frozen sweet corn to soups, stocks, make corn chaat, sabjis and bhel puri and salads
    Mint leaves

    Mint leaves are a powerhouse of vitamin C, A and other vital minerals. Frozen mint leaves retain all their nutrients and have a longer shelf life.
    How to freeze mint

    • Clean the fresh mint leaves with water and dry them off with a muslin cloth
    • Place them as a whole leaf or chop them to fit into your ice cube tray
    • Pour water over the tray and put it in UR freezer
    • UR mint leaves will stay fresh for at least three months​
    • You can use them in sabzi’s, curries or use them to infuse UR drinking water

    Freeze your special summer mango to enjoy them year-long while saving their nutrients like fibre, vitamin A, C, calcium and iron.

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