What is seasonal eating? Eating foods that are at their peak ripeness and nutritional value during a specific time of the year. Often times, these foods are less expensive, more flavorful, support local famers, and provide health benefits.
Planning meals around seasonal fruits and vegetables is an easy way to save on groceries. Fruits and vegetables cost less when in season! Think about when you walk into a grocery store in February, what produce do you see featured at the front? Most likely you will see citrus fruits, apples, pears, and winter squashes.
Try out this in-store seasonal adventure: Let your kids pick out a new fruit or vegetable. This will spark their curiosity about new foods! When trying the new food, discuss with them the taste, texture, and seasonality of the food.
As the seasons change, our energy shifts and the activities that feel good and joyful might be different than in the summer months. Activities to focus on in the month of February: stretching, light movement, meditating, journaling, and relaxing.
February seasonal foods:
- Sweet potatoes
- Winter squashes
- Brussels sprouts