Spring has sprung! Or almost, at least! When I think of Spring and Summer time I think of being outside, swimming, enjoying the sunshine and when it comes to food – I think of cooling, delicious, healthy foods that work well for ourselves and our children’s bodies.
When we eat foods that are local and in season, our bodies can digest them much easier because they are what is natural in our environment around us at that given time. When we start eating according to our environment around us, we produce the enzymes necessary to break these foods down properly. Our body wants to be in homeostasis – a state of balance – so when we give it the opportunity to do this it will thank us!
In Spring and Summer, our bodies crave cooling foods that will help produce an alkaline internal environment. Hot, fiery, warming foods are for fall and winter, and can actually produce an acidic environment for our guts during the summer months
Here is a list of foods that you will start seeing pop up at your local farmer’s markets and health food stores this Spring/Summer season. Some foods are in season in almost year round, like honey!
Watermelon Salad Summer Recipe
1 watermelon, chopped into cubes
1 red onion, small slices
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup nectarines, optional
2 cups arugula
Dressing: 1 cup balsamic with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp dijon mustard
Mix ingredients together and enjoy a refreshing, delicious salad with flavour!
Delicious Warm Weather Snack and Meal Ideas:
- Fruit salad bowl: mix a variety of in season fruits together
- Zucchini and cucumber chips
- Apple with honey or peanut butter
- Stuffed peppers
- Pea soup
- Bacon wrapped asparagus
- Broccoli and cauliflower salad or casserole
- Caprese salad
- Eggplant pasta
- Pears in a bowl with cinnamon
I hope that you and your family enjoy the beautiful warm weather that is to come!
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