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Fibre-Rich, In-Season, Local Produce

Autumn is here, and along with the cooler weather comes a totally different variety of local produce. Gone are the berries, rhubarb, and melon (spring and summer fibre-rich superstars!), but here comes a brand-new plethora of delicious, fibre-rich substitutes.

The following list contains 10 local, seasonal, fall fruits and veggies that are super high in fibre:

Fall Fibre-Rich Fruit

  • Apples: traditional fall fruit with 4.4 grams of dietary fibre per medium apple.
  • Pears: ripe at the same time as apples, with 5.5 grams per medium pear.
  • Pumpkin: pumpkin contains .5 grams per 100 grams.
  • Figs: these suckers contain roughly 5 grams of fibre per 4 fresh figs.
  • Cranberries: they’re super rich in antioxidants and contain 2 grams of fibre per half cup of raw, fresh cranberries.

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Fall Fibre-Rich Vegetables

  • Winter Squash: 1.5 grams of fibre per 100 grams of squash.
  • Parsnips: They babies boast 4.9 grams of dietary fibre per 100 grams of parsnips!
  • Turnips: 1.8 grams of fibre per 100 grams of turnips.
  • Sweet Potatoes: These yummy gems contain 3 grams of fibre per 100 grams of sweet potatoes.
  • Yams: Even higher than sweet potatoes, yams contain 4.1 grams of fibre per 100 grams.

Taking advantage of local and in-season produce also equals other health advantages. Local produce spends less time in transit (than, say, pineapple), and because it’s in-season, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and all the other good things are at their peak.

And you can taste the difference! When carrots are in-season, they’re sweet and earthy as opposed to relatively tasteless. You’ve probably noticed the difference in taste when it comes to certain foods at different times of the year, right?

Also, from a digestive health perspective, the fibre-rich foods that are cultivated each fall are so good for your gut. Our bodies crave fresh, in-season, fibre-rich foods!

To find recipes using these fibre-rich foods, visit out website and check out our blog and our recipes page. To add some easy fibre to smoothies, soups, stews, and baking, try NutraCleanse™, which is full of fibre-rich flax seeds.

Visit a retailer near you, or order online at www.nutracleanse.biz.

 

 

 

Eating In-Season: 4 Reasons to Try It

Let’s face it: most of you who are reading this blog post are doing so in the lap of luxury. We are so incredibly fortunate to be living where we live, and do you know what always reminds us of that?

The grocery store.

Because surrounding us are not only foods from far-away countries (pineapples, bananas, dragon fruit), but also ones that are obviously not in-season. For instance, apples and pears are in-season in the fall, but we still get them in the spring. And what about broccoli in the summer and rhubarb in September?

The thing is, we are best to eat what’s naturally grown around us, when it’s in-season. Why? Because Mother Nature is smart, and she knows that we need to be extra hydrated in the summer (watermelon), and that we’ll need more vitamin D in the winter (kale).

Here are 4 reasons to try and eat what’s in season where you live:

In-Season is Fresh

When you consume foods that are in-season, those foods are fresher than others. Why? Because they haven’t sat in a truck on a cross-country trip for a week, and they certainly haven’t crossed continents. When food is fresher, it also retains more of its nutrients, which is your basic reason for eating it in the first place. Healthier equals better.

Right?!

In-Season is Less Expensive

Again, all those long trips from point A to Z can cost a lot. And it also costs a lot to produce out-of-season goods locally, because it typically requires a greenhouse.

Why pay more for food that won’t nourish as well as in-season food will?

Your Body Loves In-Season Foods

Like what was written above, our bodies are designed to exist within the ebb and flow of Mother Nature. If you try a summer fruit juice cleanse in the winter, you won’t feel good. Similarity, eating a lot of winter produce in the summer won’t work with your body as well, either.

We have to remember that we’re beings of the earth, and that we should be consuming what makes the most sense.

In-Season Means You’re Supporting Local

By spending your money on goods that are produced by local famers, you support your local economy. Your whole neighborhood thrives when everyone is helped and supported, and that’s important for the well-being of the entire community.

So there you have it! Four reasons to eat in-season. We challenge you to give it shot and pay attention to how you feel, and how much money you may have saved.