Autumn Eats – The Benefits of Eating Seasonally
Friday, July 2015Training outdoors, you tend notice the seasonal changes taking place in our ‘gym’– the sun rising a little later as the weeks slip by, the grass dampening our sneakers when the dew starts settling, and the evening air has a beautiful crispness to it. It’s with a little sorrow that we have to admit… summer is coming to an end, and autumn is edging its way in, oranges and reds slowly seeping into the leaves of the trees lining the local park we train at.
It isn’t just the changes in the outside weather that you should be taking note of though – some fresh changes are happening on the shelves in your greengrocer, supermarket and local markets at this very moment, too! A new season means new seasonal produce, and new recipes to enjoy. Some autumn favourites you can start to keep an eye out for include apples, figs, pears, beans, eggplant, pumpkin, sweet potato, tomatoes and zucchini. Yum - it’s safe to say we LOVE autumn produce! The best part is, enjoying a diet with a focus on delicious seasonal produce has a whole range of benefits! - And it’s not just for those who are conscious of their carbon footprint, either…
Maximum flavour and fuel for your healthy body!
Extended transport and hothouse growing affects the taste, but produce picked in its peak season will be bursting in flavour! Additionally, produce that’s picked early so that it can endure long distance transport won’t have its full complement of nutrients. Ideally, you should aim to minimize the gap between your produce being picked and when you consume it, as further nutrients are lost during this time frame.
Broaden your horizons
Eating seasonally can expose you to a broader variety of ingredients and dishes, which may lead to a more rounded and balanced diet – and who wouldn’t want to enjoy the full complement of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients available in the beautiful seasonal produce on offer?
A healthier wallet
Trying to trim the fat on your budget at home? Purchasing seasonal produce can be an economical solution for your home budget. The nature of supply and demand generally sees prices decrease as the season’s bounty saturates the market place (think mangos in summer!), compared to produce that’s out of season. The price hike can be even steeper for produce that costs the supplier more to transport from where they are in season – like mangos in winter! Non-seasonal produce may be priced at a premium, so if you’re filling your trolley up with seasonal stock there’s a good chance you will be slimming down your grocery bill at the same time.
Finally, by buying seasonal produce, you’ll be supporting our local Australian producers! Definitely a feel good bonus for your next trip to the supermarket.
Our autumn recipe of choice: Chocolate (Secret Sweet Potato) Brownies!
Shh! Keep the fact that these are full of sweet potato goodness a secret – they’ll never guess! Sweet potatoes are packed full of Vitamin B6, C, D, iron, magnesium and potassium… that’s almost a good enough excuse to go back for that second piece! (Like you needed an excuse though, right?)
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled (white flesh/purple skin, though the regular orange type will do the job too)
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
- ⅓ cup honey(warm it up if it’s too thick)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup raw cacao powder, sifted
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2½ Tblsp coconut flour
- Prepare a 9” baking tray with greased baking paper and preheat oven to 180°C.
- Combine grated sweet potato, eggs, vanilla, honey and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl. Add cacao powder, baking soda and baking powder and coconut
flour, and mix well.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared baking tray.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes still in the tin. Remove brownie from pan and cut them into squares.
Do you have a favourite autumn recipe? Share it with us in the comments below!