Each season, our cravings change. In the winter, you want warming soups and stews or cozy bowls of oats. Whereas we crave hydrating and cooling foods like fruits and raw vegetables in the summer. And there is a reason for that.
At one time, we didn’t always have access to food so easily. We only ate what was being grown at the time or hunted. Our digestive system thrives when we are eating seasonal foods.
But which ones should we be eating during these transition seasons?
Like many fruits, cherries are very high in antioxidants.These fruits are also lower on the glycemic index than others, meaning that they can be helpful for those living with diabetes.
Cherries are also high in melatonin, especially tart cherries. Melatonin is a hormone that can actually help promote a more restful sleep.
Rhubarb is extremely sour, and because if that, most people will cook it down prior to eating it, with some warming spices like cinnamon. Cooking it up and adding it as a compote to oatmeal or chia seed pudding adds extra flavour.
Rhubarb is extremely high in fibre, making it a great addition if you are looking to detoxify during this spring transition.
Rhubarb is also high in Vitamin K, which can help with blood clotting and bone metabolism.
Rich in Vitamin C, strawberries are another fruit that are extremely high in antioxidants. Plus, they are lower in carbohydrates than many other fruits, making them a good addition for those following a low-carb diet.
Add these to oatmeal, snack on them at work, or blend them up in a smoothie!
Have you heard of gooseberries yet? You’re not alone.
These are very tart berries that are used in desserts, or cooked with rich meats. Gooseberries are high in Vitamin C, making them a wonderful immune booster to fight off the colds that can sometimes come with changing seasons.
Gooseberries also contain high values of Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy eyesight and can help with age related degeneration.
As we get further into summer, expect many more fresh fruits and vegetables available to snack on!