Summer Foods To Start Eating Now – #WellbeingWednesday By Rachel Schwartzman, ND
I just love this time of year, such plentiful local produce. It’s so easy to eat 6-8 servings of fruits and veggies daily. So, for today’s Wellbeing Wednesday I thought I would share with you some wonderful, local and healthy foods to incorporate into your diet.
Cherries: I love these little fruit sensations. They are one of our fruits lowest in the glycemic
index, making them a perfect snack for balancing blood sugar levels. They are also a pigment rich fruit, due to their anthocyanins, making them an antioxidant powerhouse as well as a great anti-inflammatory, especially for those suffering from gout. Lastly, they contain melatonin, which helps to calm the nervous system and promote a restful sleep.
Anything Green! Mixed greens, kale, chard, romaine, there are so many nutrient dense plants to choose from. They are high in; calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamins D and K. Feel free to add these greens to salads, sandwiches, stir fries, pasta and even smoothies. Your body will thank you.
Strawberries: Over the top high in vitamin C, these tender delights are loved by most people, big and small. Head on out to a local strawberry patch and pick your own. They are wonderful to freeze and enjoy for several months to follow, if they last that long.
Raspberries: These little sensations are amazing for your liver bu supporting the phase 1 and 2 detox process. They are high in potent antioxidants such as Vitamin C and quercetin, and are high in ellagic acid, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
This small list of produce, really goes to show that food is in fact medicine. There is no better way to support good health then with good food. I hope you get to enjoy some of these food sensations, so head on out to a local farmers market to give them a try and be healthy.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com