Eating seasonally is not only incredible for your health, but also for the planets. These days we are fortunate enough to have access to a plentiful array of fresh produce at our fingertips, however, it has left us reaching for the same produce and lacking diversity.
How often do you catch yourself eating the same five veg and two serves of fruit each day? It is not until we educate ourselves to what foods are in season that we can truly change our way of eating.
How does eating seasonally impact the planet?
Locavore – to choose food that is grown locally. This is a way of living significantly reduces the impact of our food consumption on the planet. Why? Because when we shop and eat local produce, we reduce the amount of resources it takes to transport our food. To put this into perspective, it takes 177 times greater the greenhouse gases when flying our food opposed to shipping it. So every time you choose to purchase food that has been grown overseas, remind yourself of the fact that not this produce has been harvested long ago, it has also contributed to increased greenhouse gas emissions too.
How does eating seasonally impact your health?
When we shop and eat local produce, the value of the nutrients hidden within is so much greater. Did you know that the large supermarket chains pump their bananas with gas in storage to make them become yellow in colour without ripening? Or, did you know that they spray their ‘non organic’ produce every night with chemicals to help preserve them on the shelf? These ‘hidden’ tricks may not be visible to the naked eye, however, once it reaches your insides these nasties will become visible then. Eating seasonal increases our nutrient diversity, providing our body with an abundance of goodness from different sources and soak up all of the different phytonutrients they deliver.
Winter Seasonal Produce in Australia
Fruits: Apples, avocados. Bananas, cumquat, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, navel and oranges.
Vegetables: Beetroot, broad beans, cabbage, carrots. Cauliflower. chinese broccoli and cabbage, English spinach and leeks.
Quinoa is one of the very few proteins that is a complete protein (contains all 9 essential amino acids). Quinoa contains Lysine that is essential for tissue growth and repair, contains iron to keep our red blood cells happy and healthy, contains fibre to promote healthy bowel movements and B2 to improve energy metabolism.
Papaya is home to an abundance of Vit C and A which helps to reduce inflammation, boost skin health, strengthen immunity, support iron absorption, reduce menstrual pain, prevent macular degeneration and improve digestion.
Like lemon, limes are packed full of Vitamin C and antioxidants that provide your body with an abundance of goodness. Not only are limes incredible for boosting your immune system, but they also provide great support for your heart, facilitating weight loss, increasing iron absorption, preventing kidney stones and helping to fight against cancer.
A rich source of minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium, and iron, one of the sources of calcium (surprise milk and cheese are not at the top of this list), plus a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
Organic Ground Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years, thanks to its abundance of nutrients such as manganese, Vitamin K and calcium that help to stabilise blood sugar levels, prevent cancer and neurodegenerative disease. Not only is cinnamon incredible for our insides, it is also incredible topically on our skin as it works to stop the acne-causing bacteria.
Filled with antioxidant support to help prevent cancer containing a hefty dose of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, zinc, manganese. Pumpkin seeds also help to build immunity, thanks to their antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties, help to prevent diabetes, promote glowing skin and luscious locks thanks to their content of Vitamin Cre, help to maintain healthy cholesterol ratio, contain serotonin to manage stress and promote restful sleep and promotes satiety (feelings of fullness).
Also known as linseeds, flax seeds are an incredible source of alpha-linolenic acids (omega 3), dietary fiber; minerals like manganese, thiamine and magnesium and plant-based protein. Flax seeds rich source of mucilage gum content (a gel-forming fiber that is water-soluble) helps to move through the gastrointestinal tract undigested. This means that these little seeds help to increase nutrient absorption and increase satiety.
Papaya, Lime & Coconut Quinoa Porridge
1 cup filtered water
1 cup quinoa flakes, rinsed
1 cup activated almond milk/milk of choice
½ cup shredded coconut
½ medium sized papaya, finely sliced
1 lime zest and juice
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (feel free to use local honey here if you prefer)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal (we love to freshly grind our own for optimum freshness)
1 tbsp hulled tahini
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
4 tsp pumpkin seeds
- Place all ingredients (excluding tahini, papaya and pepitas) in a medium saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 5 – 10 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
- Now add the tahini and gently stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- Pour into 3 bowls, top with fresh papaya and sprinkle with 1 tsp pumpkin seeds per bowl.
We have made three serves so you can enjoy this for a quick and easy for work breakfast three days in a row. Simply split the mixture into three glass jars and secure tightly with a lid. Add fresh papaya and pepitas just before serving for optimum deliciousness.
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