The Best Fruits and Veggies for SummerDuring the warm summer months, we usually see juicy fruits and green leafy veggies out front and center at our local grocery stores. For example, when you first walk into the produce section, chances are you’ll see watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, kale, zucchini, and a host of other eye-catching goodies.
- Bell Peppers
- Assorted Herbs
- Green Beans
- Summer Squash
- Lima Beans
Why it’s Important to Eat with the SeasonsWithin the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda, Ritucharya is the act of eating seasonally. In practicing Ritucharya, you eat according to the seasons in order to prevent disease and maintain or boost health. Along with the general health benefits of eating foods that are in-season during specific times throughout the year, you’ll also be giving your taste buds a treat because seasonal foods taste better over foods that are consumed out of season.
- It’s healthier. Foods that are grown during their specific seasons are more dense nutritionally. When foods are forced to be grown outside of their proper seasons, they don’t have the same nutrient content as their seasonally-grown counterparts. In fact, because out-of-season produce isn’t able to follow natural growing and ripening patterns, chemicals, gasses, and heating processes known as ripening agents are used. This enables these fruits and vegetables to be grown in mass quantities because the ripening process and maturation are slowed down. Sadly, this type of produce is not as delicious or nutritionally sound as produce that’s been grown and allowed to naturally ripen during its proper growing season.
- The flavors are bolder and brighter. When you grow your own seasonal fruits and veggies or find them at a farmers market, chances are they taste better than the ones you buy at your local grocery store. This is because oftentimes, grocery store produce is mass-produced to meet consumer demands. Moreover, the selective breeding of fruits and vegetables dampens natural flavor so that shelf life can be extended.
- It’s more cost-effective. As we stated earlier, when fruits and veggies are grown in-season, they are more plentiful. When produce is plentiful, the prices are a lot cheaper. Simply stated, seasonal eating saves you money.
- It’s environmentally friendly. Eating locally and seasonally is better for the environment. When you purchase fruits and veggies that are in-season from your local farmer or farmer’s market, not only are you supporting local farms, you’re also helping to decrease the negative environmental impact that imported produce has. Fruits and vegetables that are imported negatively impact our environment through the fuel emissions and transportation costs that it takes to get them from overseas into the United States. When you visit farmer’s markets or join a community-supported agriculture, or CSA, you’ll find the most amazing fresh, local produce, seafood, and meat that’s lower in price, seasonal, and that most likely is organic.
Matching FAB with the SeasonsIf you love eating with the seasons, then why not take things a step further by matching your favorite FAB CBD products with the seasons as well? During the hot summer months, nothing pairs better with all those fresh fruits and berries than FAB CBD full-spectrum oils in berry or citrus flavors. If citrus or berry aren’t your thing, then you can also opt to go with FAB CBD’s refreshing mint flavored full-spectrum oil. These oils come in strengths of 300mg, 600mg, 1200mg, and 2400mg, and contain all of the beneficial terpenes, cannabinoids, and phytonutrients that the hemp plant has to offer. All of FAB CBD’s full-spectrum oils contain less than 0.3% THC, which is under the legal limit set by the federal government. All of FAB CBD’s oils are made to order, have a 12-month shelf life, and are routinely tested for quality and purity by an independent-third party laboratory. All of the oil flavor options are fresh, invigorating, and a delicious way to give your taste buds a treat this summer.
Our Closing Thoughts
Seasonal eating is the best kind of eating. Not only are you taking advantage of fruits and vegetables that are plentiful and nutritionally dense, you’ll also be saving money in the long-run. When you eat with the seasons, you’re working to boost your overall health and wellness. Moreover, seeking out produce that’s in-season from your local farmer, farmer’s market, or CSA helps to support local farms that strive to give their customers the very best natural produce that’s bursting with flavor, packed with vitamins and minerals, and that’s free from harmful growing and ripening agents. Finally, a great way to kick your healthy lifestyle into high gear is to also pair your favorite FAB CBD products with the season. Since summer’s here, now’s the time to start adding berry, citrus, or mint flavored full-spectrum oils into the mix. There’s no limit to the fun you can have with food, flavor, and your favorite FAB CBD product this summer.
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