Welcome back! If you are Hungry for a Fresh Start in the New Year you're in the right place.
This is the time for new beginnings! With the arrival of the New Year and spring feeling just around the corner, this is the perfect time to act on goals and intentions and to set a solid foundation for health.
Friday we discovered the benefits including green drinks in our day. When we Get a Drink! we're finding delicious and creative ways to include a diverse variety of fruits, greens and nutrients into our day. I hope you stopped back by my blog to share your comments about which Green Smoothie recipes you're excited to try or which are your go-to favorites.
We've been learning all about making healthy choices that support our goals and connect us with our choices around food.
Cooking for ourselves is just ONE way that we connect more with our food choices. Including our partner and family begins the conversation around our healthy food choices. What about shopping and connecting to where our food comes from?
Did you know, that the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles on its way to our table?!
Our existing food transportation and distribution system requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. In fact, only about 10% of the fossil fuel energy used in the world’s food system is used for production. The other 90% goes into packaging, transportation, and marketing of the food. All of this inefficiency results in many environmental problems.
Today is our day to Get Local!
Find your home on a map - either on your computer, on an old road map or print one from online. Measure out 100 miles. Using that distance, 100 miles, as the radius, draw a circle around your home. This circle contains all the areas that we would consider to be "local."
Ready for a field trip? Search for farms in your local area that offer tours, visiting days and even work and volunteer opportunities.
Or find a local market where the farmers come to your area! Many areas offer farmer's markets throughout the week at different locations.
As of July 2011 there were over 7,000 farmer's markets operating in the United States (USDA Farmer's Markets) From the small, mom-and-pop stand at the corner, to the large, organized market with multiple vendors and extensive selections, these markets offer many opportunities for us to experience and connect with our food in a whole new way.
- Offer an incredible selection of seasonal, locally grown greens, fruits and vegetables.
- Allow us to do our grocery shopping out-of-doors.
- Offer samples of everything from sprouts, green drinks and fruit to heirloom vegetables.
- Connect us directly to the farmers.
- Help us understand which vegetables are in season in our area and how the growers prepare them.
- Encourage us to try something new.Once you've visited your local farmer's market you may want to make this a weekly ritual. Our Sunday mornings at our local market are a great place to run into friends and neighbors - it's an event that is honestly as much social as shopping!When my daughter was younger we would spend our mornings gathered around the live music or smelling the fresh flowers. These days we connect with what's in season and wander the tables sampling heirloom varieties that inspire new recipes and adventurous snacks.I'll be the first to admit that our lives can feel full! Often, sports and other extracurricular activities can make regular market visits a challenge.Looking for another way to get fresh, local produce and support our local farms? Join a CSA.Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides consumers with a membership or subscription. A farmer or group of farms offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Each share typically consists of a box of vegetables, fruits and greens. In our area we can pick up CSA boxes at convenient locations and times, such us at the end of the day at my daughter's school.
In fact, experiencing new foods, in a casual setting, at their ripest and freshest may encourage even the pickiest eater to be adventurous and try something new.
Everyone benefits when we Get Local:
- Fruits, vegetables and greens are grown locally.
- Produce is picked when perfectly ripe.
- All produce is transported a short distance to the market where it is often sold on the same day it was picked.
- Fresh, local, minimally transported produce improves the taste, texture, and aroma of our food.
- Often, farmer's market prices are lower than at grocery stores.
- Shopping at the Farmers Market benefits the local farmer and strengthens our local community.
Tips to enjoy when you and your family Get Local!
- Bring the whole family and make a day out of your trip to the market. Farmer's Markets are the perfect place to bring the whole family and to introduce new fruits and vegetables.
- Come hungry and enjoy the samples.
- Ask the farmer or vendor his/her favorite way to prepare the type of produce you are buying. Many will share their recipes or have a blog of their own.
- Ask about special events - Markets often host cooking demonstrations, tastings, and fun activities for the kids.
- Give each child an allowance of $2.00-$5.00 to spend on fruits, vegetables or greens. When we allow our children to make their own choice and to invest in this decision and purchase themselves we give them a sense of ownership. In turn, our kids are much more likely to try this new food because it belongs to them.Take a trip - find a local market at your vacation destination! Some of our favorites have been in Rome, Italy; Maui and on the Big Island in Hawaii. Each of these markets offered local delicacies and unique produce such as rambutan and fresh locally grown young coconuts sliced open to order for their milk!
Since enrolling at my Nutrition School one of the BIGGEST changes for me personally has been my acceptance that eating MORE of the good foods teaches our body that we have plenty of what we need. This philosophy of "crowding out" eventually shifts our cravings toward healthy choices. Yup, that's right, eat MORE!
Each of these daily healthy choices rewards us with Beauty from the Inside Out - radiant skin, renewed energy and yes, even weight loss and reduced digestive issues such as gas and bloating.
Remember to enjoy when you Get Local! Our enthusiasm is contagious.
Did you Get Local! this weekend? What new favorites have you found at your local farmer's market? I'm looking forward to reading all about your finds!
This week we've set daily nutrition habits that will reward us with renewed energy, radiance and optimal health. Whether we want to drop unwanted pounds, boost our energy, defy our age or simply eat healthier, each day this week we've learned a new quick, simple tip for including fresh fruits and vegetables into our daily routine. Making these healthy choices each day will move us closer to our goals.
ENJOY your day and I'll see you back here tomorrow as we learn how to Get Growing!
In Health & Friendship,
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