When buying ingredients at the grocery store the thought of what products are actually in season doesn't cross most people's minds. But, eating seasonally is SOOO important for your health!!
Your body is programmed to eat what is growing around you based on the weather.
Choosing local farmers (try the farmers market!), shopping the seasonal produce (usually it's found in bulk and at great prices!), and basing your menus on what is in season (which is exactly how we build our menus!) is a crucial step in living a healthy life. :)
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Celery is an AMAZING food with so many health benefits. Here are some ways I look to incorporate celery into my diet:
Celery juice mixed with aloe Vera juice. I had some seriously dry skin at the start of this season. I used this combo to help me rehydrate and acclimate to the weather change!
Make your own homemade celery juice! This is one of my favorite ways to get my daily nutrients. All you need is organic celery and a juicer! I find it way more cost-efficient than hitting the juice shop. Sometimes I like to add extras like lemon and ginger. Ginger is especially great for cold and flu season
These 3 super juices will rock your world, especially in the cold and dry winter months!
1. Celery juice! This has been so popular lately, and for good reason! The minerals and salts found in celery juice are great for hydration. Drink this one each morning on an empty stomach for max absorption.
2. Aloe Vera juice. You can buy at the store or make at home in your juicer. Either way, aloe is healing for the gut and great for dry skin this time of year.
3. Beet juice. Stop cringing!! It’s not so bad. Beets are not only in season now but loaded with antioxidants for harsh winter. Not to mention, all that gorgeous color gives you a great glow from the inside out (no tanning bed necessary!).
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Italian tip: get your veggies in interesting ways! On top of pizza, or in a sauce; it makes no difference!
Veggies can enhance the flavor of everything, not to mention the nutrition value. Get a rainbow of colors each day, this ensures your plant foods can work synergistically with one another!
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Ask The Nutritionist is the newest addition to this page! Outside of my weekly show Wine About It (Facebook live on Thursdays at 5:30pmCST @Basically It Meals), I love answering your questions! Post them in the comments here or on Instagam I will answer them in this weekly post!
The first question is from Sherry; “why is it important to add flax seeds to your diet?”
Flax seeds may seem like one of those foods that you don’t want to buy because you don’t know how you will ever include it in your diet. BUT as far as health benefits go, it is one of my favorite seeds and I try to include flax every day. Flax seeds contain #omega3 fatty acids which are great for brain health as well as skin and nails. Studies have also shown them to reduce the risk of stroke and cancer. I always used to have nails that broke and peeled, but when I started adding flax to my diet, they changed to the most sturdy nails that would literally be as long as my arm if I didn’t cut...
If you watch my weekly Facebook Lives then you know I am obsessed with eating seasonally....
Not because it's Pinterest-y or fashionable....
But because it has serious health benefits (Check out this post to learn why)!
Anyway, I hope you find some Fall squash recipe inspiration from this!
Happens to everyone.
Especially for those who don't like kale, but would like to enjoy the health benefits.
In this video, I break down three simple recipes to make kale taste really good (bitter? what are you talking about?! Fiberous? Not up in here!) so that you at least won't mind eating it.
If you've ever had a home garden, you know this is the time of year when basil is out of control.
You have so much you don't even know what to do with it.
It smells amazing, you might use it as a garnish, throw it in a tomato salad, but as far as using up a whole lot of it....what do you even do?
PESTO! Pesto is the answer.
Really though, pesto is the answer to many questions:
"How do I make this chicken less bland?"
"What do I dip my veggies in?"
"What should I spread on these gluten free crackers?"
"What is the most delicious thing to eat in the summer?"
Pesto! It really does solve so many problems.
So, I broke the whole recipe down for you in this video...
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