How to Eat Your Way to a Healthy Glow this Winter.
By Antonia K.
Our glowing skin is often a product of what we eat. It’s easiest to shine from the inside-out when we put organic, local, seasonal produce in our gorgeous bellies.
So we might be wondering – what foods shall we fall in love with this season in the gorgeous East Coast?
This is an exciting question, because the East Coast has four distinct seasons, each with their own characteristic foods. We might take this for granted, but it’s actually a unique phenomena when compared to other climates of this planet!
Let’s see what the real masters of the land have to say about their harvest!
Lydia from Hawthorne Valley Farm, a biodynamic and organic farm that sells at the Union Square Farmers Market, explains that you should “eat in season if you want to decrease your environmental footprint. If you’re eating tomatoes in winter, you’re probably getting them from a greenhouse in Spain. You want to get the most nutrients out of your vegetables, and if you get them out of season they are likely picked early and artificially ripened – which affects the flavor and the nutritional quality.”
She says that cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, are truly in season or apples is great in the fall/winter season.
And the fun doesn’t stop with flavor! Eating these seasonal foods is GREAT for your health too!
Eric Levinson, a Certified Natural Health Professional, C.H.S., Q.R.A., and Advanced Higher Brain Living Facilitator, explains that, “Apples are delicious, great for digestion, and have malic acid. Malic acid helps to break down gallbladder stones. And for anyone with a compromised digestive system, eating something like baked apples can be very agreeable and easy on the stomach.”
He says, “It’s important to eat apples now because, despite being available in stores year-round, out-of-season apples aren’t fresh anymore, and have lost their antioxidant capabilities. They don’t even taste the same when you eat an old, commercially produced apple that’s been shipped across the planet and stored in a cooler – they don’t have that vibrant flavor.”
For anyone looking to have that healthy glow, especially in these cooler months: eat broccoli. Eric shares that, “Broccoli has sulfur compounds which help to create strong, tight, smooth radiant skin. It also helps to detoxify the body. Also, its a great source chlorophyll and vegetable protein.”
He says that when you eat out of season it can “confuse your body because foods contain compounds and organic chemicals that act as markers for your body to know how to respond and prepare for that type of season.”
To bring these colors, flavors, textures and tastes alive in your own home you can make this breakfast smoothie with apples:
Coach Antonia Apple Comfort Smoothie
- 1 large crisp, seasonal apple
- 8oz almond or hemp mylk (unsweetened)
- 8oz raw coconut water
- 1 teaspoon flax seeds
- a shake of cinnamon
- a shake of nutmeg
- teeny tiny pinch of sea salt
Directions: combine all in highpower blender, like a Vitamix, and blend on high until smooth! Enjoy.
Eric Levison’s Raw Blender Broccoli Soup
- 1 broccoli
- 2 cups coconut mylk
- small knob ginger
- pinch himalayan pink salt
- tablespoon dried cilantro
- Separate the broccoli stalk and its florets (the bushy part)
- Shave the stalk, like you would when peeling a carrot, to remove the tough exterior. Keep the interior and put it in your blender.
- Add 2 cups of coconut mylk, a pinch of himalayan pink salt, and a small knob of ginger. Blend. Pour into serving bowl.
- Finely dice and chop up the floret, and add to the serving bowl.
- Add dried cilantro. Stir.
- Serve and enjoy! 🙂