As we enter the festive season, hunting for perfect party dresses online and looking for tips to get trim and toned in time for a festive do become increasingly popular. Instead of seeking out a complex, unrealistic crash diet in an attempt to shift a few pounds why not start to eat healthily in one of the most sustainable ways possible: seasonal eating. Consuming foods that are in season means you’ll obtain the most nutritional value and flavour.

In our modern age with the readiness of the supermarkets, it’s easy to forget when products are naturally in season as we expect them to be on demand. But going back to ‘olden ways’ and eating food that’s ripe in its own time can have major health benefits. Eating seasonal foods is a crucial way to connect with the organic cycle that nature planned for us.

When certain fruits and vegetables are out of season many supermarkets sacrifice the nutritional value of the food for its aesthetics to encourage customers to buy them. Non-season foods can be full of pesticides, preservatives and other chemicals which don’t exactly sound that healthy for you!

Seasonal foods apparently contain a higher level of antioxidant content than non-seasonal produce so by eating freshly grown, in-season stock you’ll help your body develop a stronger immune system.

So, what foods should you eat in winter time? As we enter the winter season, warming foods become a more prominent focus. If you’re a meat eater then you’re in luck as fish, chicken, beef and lamb are all seasonal in winter for warm dishes.

Winter is also a great time of year for root vegetables such as carrot, potato, onions and garlic. These vegetables are also relatively easy to grow at home so why not make your seasonal eating sustainable, too?

Health benefits aside, by eating seasonal produce you’ll be helping to support local food suppliers such as farmers and food markets, helping the economy – not to mention your carbon footprint, which will reduce significantly. Bon appétit!

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