Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed & Local Produce!

"The healthiest diet comes from eating S.O.U.L. foods
(Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed, & Local)"

 ~ DR. ED BAUMAN

 

 

Vegetables and fruits are the heart and soul of a healthy diet!

I absolutely LOVE going to the produce stand and then coming home and washing it all. Everything is so vibrant in both color and energy! I lay everything out on the counter and often make a pot of soup and a big veggie salad right then. That way, I'm set for a few days and there's not a lot left to put away!

Seriously, it's a ritual for me. I put on some good music, fix myself a cup of tea or sparkling water with lime, and snack on the raw produce as I go. Some of the soup goes in the freezer to keep a variety in good supply. There's nothing better when you're in a rush or feeling sick or tired than a nice bowl of hot, homemade soup - so nurturing and nourishing. I urge you to give it a try. Invite a friend even!


The closer we eat to nature, the better for our body, mind, and spirit. I'm not just talking about eating whole, real foods, but ones that are in season as well. Eating as close as possible to the seasonal harvest offers natural protection from nature's seasonal shifts and provides seasonal microbes that help connect us to nature. For greater health, choose:

 

Spring Produce: (March - June)

  • Alfalfa Sprouts *
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus *
  • Bean Sprouts *
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers *
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts *
  • Cabbage *
  • Carrots *
  • Cauliflower *
  • Celery *
  • Chicory *
  • Chilies, dried *
  • Cilantro
  • Collard Greens *
  • Corn *
  • Dandelion *
  • Endive *
  • Fennel
  • Garlic *
  • Ginger
  • Green Beans *
  • Hot Peppers *
  • Jicama
  • Kale *
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce *
  • Mushrooms *
  • Mustard Greens *
  • Onions *
  • Parsley *
  • Peas *
  • Potatoes, baked *
  • Radishes *
  • Seaweed
  • Snow Peas
  • Spinach *
  • Swiss Chard *
  • Turnips *
  • Watercress
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Dried Fruit *
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons, Limes
  • Papayas
  • Pears
  • Pomegranates (sour)
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • All berries

 

Summer Produce:  (july - october)

  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Artichokes *
  • Asparagus *
  • Avocados
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Beet Greens *
  • Bell Peppers *
  • Bitter Melon  *
  • Broccoli *
  • Cabbage *
  • Cauliflower *
  • Celery *
  • Chicory
  • Cilantro *
  • Collard Greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers *
  • Dandelion *
  • Eggplant 
  • Endive
  • Fennel *
  • Green Beans
  • Jicama *
  • Kale *
  • Lettuce *
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra *
  • Parsley
  • Peas 
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes * (moderation)
  • Seaweed *
  • Snow Peas *
  • Spinach (moderation)
  • Squash, Acorn *
  • Squash, Winter
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes (sweet)
  • Turnip Greens
  • Watercress *
  • Zucchini *
  • Apples *
  • Apricots *
  • Blueberries *
  • Cantaloupe *
  • Cherries (ripe) *
  • Cranberries *
  • Dates
  • Dried Fruit
  • Figs
  • Grapes *
  • Guavas *
  • Mangoes *
  • Melon (all) *
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges (sweet)
  • Papayas (small amounts)
  • Peaches (ripe) *
  • Pears *
  • Persimmons *
  • Pineapple (sweet) *
  • Plums (ripe) *
  • Pomegranates (sour) *
  • Raspberries *
  • Strawberries *
  • Tangerines (sweet)

 

FALL/Winter Produce: (nOVEMBER - fEBRUARY)

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Avocados *
  • Beets *
  • Brussels Sprouts *
  • Carrots *
  • Chilies *
  • Corn
  • Fennel
  • Eggplant, cooked
  • Garlic *
  • Ginger
  • Hot Peppers
  • Leeks
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes, mashed
  • Pumpkins *
  • Seaweed, cooked
  • Squash, Acorn
  • Squash, Winter *
  • Sweet Potatoes *
  • Tomatoes *
  • Turnips
  • Apples, cooked
  • Apricots
  • Bananas *
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Coconuts, ripe
  • Cranberries, cooked
  • Dates *
  • Figs *
  • Grapefruit *
  • Grapes *
  • Guava
  • Lemons *
  • Limes *
  • Mangoes *
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges*
  • Papayas *
  • Peaches
  • Pears, ripe
  • Persimmons *
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines *

* represents nutritional powerhouses of the season

(source: The 3-Season Diet by Dr. John Douillard)
 


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Happy, Healthy Living!


 

JoAnn Newton is a Holistic Nutrition Educator and Master Massage Therapist with a private practice in Graton, CA.

Passionate about helping people transform their health through holistic nutrition, she facilitates the 23 day online Nutritional E-Cleanse Program seasonally with coaching, compassion, and humor.