Happy holistic living is easy-breezy when you are planted in the perfect countryside setting. Eating a bounty of fresh local garden goodness provides an array of essential vitamins and minerals plus the added bonus of disease preventing phytonutrients. The perfect plate is piled high with plenty of produce. The benefits of top-notch nutrition are linked to maintaining a healthy weight, increased energy and a decreased risk of heaps of health aliments. Diet trends come and go but plant-based meals are always in style. Produce is portable perfection; preparation is a snap and hydration happiness is a body-boosting bonus.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables contains potassium and magnesium, essential for supporting healthy blood pressure. Fibre is your friend, promoting fullness, aiding in digestion and ultimately supporting overall wellness inside and out. August brings a plethora of prime produce just outside your front door!
Whether you pick your own, browse a market or shop big box, please show support for your community and love local. August is an array of awesome fresh fabulousness. Here’s my fantastic four!
Carrots aren’t just for bunnies! Their out of sight orange color is a good source of alpha- and beta-carotene, converting to usable vitamin A and connected to healthy vision. The vitamin C content helps build our immune system, warding off colds and infections. You may be shocked to learn carrots support and strengthen bones. Because carrots contain the marvellous mineral calcium, they may help prevent osteoporosis. Nature is nifty. Did you know crunching on carrots is an all natural pain remedy? Don’t toss the tops as the gorgeous green leaves easily replace herbs in dishes. Their slight bitterness aids digestion and the greens contain more vitamin C than the root.
Green beans are fantastically full of fibre and a dieter’s dream for anyone counting carbohydrates and calories. The vitamin K and calcium content supports strong healthy bones. Green beans are a great go-to when planning a family. Fabulous folate, a B vitamin is essential in pregnancy for reducing certain birth defects. Feeling under the weather or stressed? Vitamin B helps prevent the blues and vitamin C helps halt sickness and speed up recovery time.
Watermelon is truly wondrous. This stupendous summer day super fruit is 92% water and heaps of hydration love on hot humid days. Watermelon is a natural diuretic containing citruilline, an amino acid linked to improved sport performance and faster past-exercise recovery. Watermelon contains vitamin A and C, part of the famed A-C-E immune supporting trio of vitamins.
Blueberries are small but mighty. They may be called “blue”-berries but their dramatic deep purple skin is courtesy of the powerful phytochemical compound anthocyanin. Its antioxidant effect is an all-star for offsetting inflammation throughout the body. Blueberries’ mega magnesium content contributes to healthy blood pressure. Blueberries are beyond compare for top-notch nutrition. They are low in calories, carbohydrates and sugar but out-of-sight in appearance, taste and loaded with vitamin C. Blueberries belong in all baking recipes! They are cereal champions, salad sensations, superlative snacks, smoothie splendour, stupendous in soup, and definitely dreamy in desserts.
Eating a nutritious diet is easy with recipes focused on fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat the rainbow daily! Whether you steam, chop or roast please power up with plants. A fridge full of brightly coloured produce is truly nature’s medicine cabinet.
*Always consult your MD, ND or health practitioner before starting any health program. Mercedes Kay Gold is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer and a published writer who loves helping others live their best life when not spending time with her children and grandson Theodore.