The farmers markets are on!

Summer (coming right up!!) is a natural time to put into practice some of the healthiest diet intentions without sacrificing pleasure.

With the growing abundance of fresh local food, we can easily increase our intake of vitamin rich fruits and vegetables, minimize our consumption of high glycemic index processed foods, and eat a greater variety of diverse foods to reduce the possibility of developing food sensitivities like lactose or gluten intolerance.

As the weather warms, our bodies are physiologically inclined to eat lighter and healthier (think cravings for salads and smoothies). From a Chinese medicine perspective this is the appropriate time of year to expand our over-wintered hibernating horizons with some vibrant raw foods without compromising digestion.

I am not advocating we live off of nuts and berries. We know that a preventative well-balanced energy-enhancing diet is one that is comprised of complex carbs, high quality protein and is rich in essential fatty acids like the omega 3s found in coldwater fish and flaxseeds . What we may not know is there are a plethora of not so commonplace plantfoods extremely high in protein and omega 3s that are primed to feature prominently on a plate near you. While spring and fall are great times for cleansing or detox, summer is an ideal time to introduce some nutrient dense foods like protein-rich quinoa amaranth and hemp seeds as a powerful accompaniment to the fresh produce bounty available to us this energetic season.

In the next few weeks, every Thursday I am going to write a bit about each of the following ingredients in depth to help inspire aligning your palate with your summer intentions!

I will explore:

  • Why they are beneficial (nutritionally)
  • How to’s: how to be creative and include these healthful ingredients in your daily diet
  • Tasty recipe ideas

Here they are:

  1. Hemp seeds
  2. Chia seeds
  3. Sprouts
  4. Cocoa Nibs
  5. Coconut Oil
  6. Irish Moss
  7. Nutritional Yeast
  8. Lemons
  9. Apple Cider Vinegar
  10. Tempeh

Want to learn more? Join me Thursday June 9, 6-9pm for my Cooking and Clean Living Workshop !

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