So the summer season is upon us, the weather is starting to get warmer and the summer fruits and vegetables are crowding the supermarkets shelves tempting us with their vibrant myriad colours.
I realise these days it is difficult to verify which of these natural foods are actually in season because we import so much from abroad that most foods are year round.
Which fruits and vegetables are summery?
Here is a helpful list I have compiled to inform you of our natural summer selection:
Apples (late summer)
Figs (mid-late summer)
Herbs (look for bright coloured leaves)
Why eat in season?
There are many reasons why we should eat foods that are natural to that season.
The main reason is because it is nature’s way of providing us with the appropriate food so that we have a varied diet.
Let’s not also forget that it is generally much cheaper to buy foods that are in season, than purchasing goods imported so we get year round fruit and vegetables.
Buying local also helps out our communities and local farmers.
It tastes so much better because it is actually fresh, perhaps only travelling down from a few miles down the road, rather than thousands of miles away.
Fresher produce also means more vitamins and minerals, which as we know, is better for your body.
My summer favourites
One of my favourite things to eat in summer is watermelon. It is thirst quenching, refreshing and delicious. You can eat it straight from the skin, make summer skewers or blend them to make a juice.
Celery is another thing I tend to eat a lot of in summer. It’s crunchy and full of zest and makes an excellent snack.
Smoothies are the epitome of summer for me. On a hot day a invigorating smoothie is the perfect breakfast. Not only are they packed with goodness, but they are filling and chilling.
Summer is the time of year that we all like to spend as much time out of doors as possible before the inevitable cold weather catches up with us. As such, picnics and barbecues become the norm. I swear that on that first nice day of the year I can smell burning charcoal from at least one of my neighbour’s gardens.
I am not complaining either. In this country we get very few truly hot days, so when we do get a bit of nice weather we should go outside to enjoy it.
For us raw food eaters, it’s no different.
Is there such as thing as a raw BBQ?
People often wonder what I eat at BBQ’s; a summer tradition filled with burgers, sausages, bread, potato salad and all those sauces.
Honestly, it really is tempting to say that I don’t go to BBQ’s because there’s nothing for me to eat and I’d never use a BBQ.
Seriously though, as I’ve said many times in the past and will no doubt say in the future, with a little imagination you can eat anything raw.
This recipe for raw burgers is one of my favourites because not only are they quick and easy to make, but they are delicious and look very similar to veggie burgers you can buy in shops.
I like to add raw coleslaw and raw relish to give them more of a BBQ feel.
Then of course, at BBQ’s there’s always plenty of fresh salad to add to my plate; lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, gherkins…..yummy!
What about a raw picnic?
Summer picnicking in the park or at the beach is something that I love to do and for us raw food eaters it is super easy.
Cut up some of your favourite fruits and vegetables like carrot sticks, cucumber and celery sticks. Box them up. Take a vat of hummus and enjoy! Marinate some leafy greens, add some tomatoes and avocado et voilà, a scrumptious salad.
I also sometimes prepare some sun-dried tomato and onion raw flat bread so that I can make mini-sandwiches or even open sandwiches.
For dessert take some mixed berries, put them in another tub – enough said.
So get ready for a sumptuous summer season.Google+