Nutrition in Season: What’s in Near You?

Living in Southern California has the amazing perk of proving its golden state residents virtually any type of food, any time of year. As awesome as it is to conveniently have all these foods at our fingertips, it can be difficult to know what’s in season and when. Eating food in their proper season for the region you live in has many benefits, such as lowered prices, freshness and being able to buy local at fun farmers markets and supports your local growers. Eat these 4 foods this upcoming Spring, knowing it’s just in time to enjoy them. If you’re not in California, check out this website to find out what’s in near you! If you are, feel free to indulge in these sweet treats this Spring:

  1. Grapefruit

Love, love, love grapefruit. If you’re not into the grapefruit game so much, I encourage you to try again this Spring and Summer between the months of March-July. Grapefruits are packed with vitamins, and so refreshing. Grapefruits are often eaten with sugar, if you must, that’s cool, you can also add them to juices and cocktails or salads.

  1. Lemon

When life gives you lemons, it’s time to bake. Make a new friend that neighbor of yours with a lemon tree this Spring and bake these delicious coconut lemon bars, or add it to your water for a refreshing and healthy boost to your water that aids in hydration and weight loss.

3. Navel Oranges

Orange you glad its Spring!? Ok, bad joke. But seriously, there’s nothing more satisfying than indulging in a sweet, juicy orange when it’s hot outside, especially when you’ve been forced to settle with sub-par oranges all winter. No thank you. Not to mention, these babies are packed with Vitamin C which we all could use a little more of. Juice your oranges in the morning, enjoy for a midday snack or add to a refreshing spring cocktail. Either way, go organic, go local and go soon! These babies go out of season in May.

4. Mixed Berries

From April to October look for locally grown raspberries, blackberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, loganberries, marionberries and even locally grown blueberries in California. Add to granola in the morning or make this delicious antioxidant smoothie, or just eat them raw and by the handful… you can’t go wrong. But remember to go organic, berries are some of the most highly pesticide-contaminated foods out there. Take advantage of the fact that these berries are in season and go berry-picking or go to your local Farmer’s Market.

5. Avocado

In California, Avocado’s always seem to be in Season, but February to July is prime time for these green-goodies. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time these avocados make their way to our plates. There are so many reasons why you should be eating more avocado. Just be mindful of the ripeness and be careful not to be wasteful. Quick tip: to find out if your avocado is ripe, pick off the little belly-button looking stem at the top. If it’s still light or white, its not quite ripe. If it’s green, its time cut open and enjoy. If it’s browning, it’s gone bad.

 

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