Original illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
It's rare to find diet advice that nutrition and health experts unanimously agree on. Thanks to the barrage of bizarre celebrity fads, separating fact from fiction can seem like a minefield, but there's one approach that continues to receive praise, regardless of trends: seasonal eating.
Seasonal eating, the practice of filling your fridge with fruit and vegetables that are naturally abundant at that time of year, champions a back-to-basics approach that relies on nature to make our diet decisions. There's no carb-cutting or calorie counting here; the harvests ensure your diet is varied and packed with essential nutrients.
It might sound overly simplistic, but this approach to healthy eating has serious merit. Seasonal produce is harvested after it has naturally ripened, so food is fresher, tastier, and even has a higher nutritional value. Some antioxidants like vitamin C and folate decline when food is stored for long periods of time, so this farm-to-table approach ensures your diet is as nature intended. Bonus: It's also cheaper and better for the environment.
Pin or print these shopping lists to add deliciously ripe fruit and vegetables to your cart this October.
It's apple season! Fill your basket with crisp, crunchy, naturally abundant apples during October or head to an orchard to pick your own. If you're buying organic apples, look for fruit that has a slightly waxy texture. Flash-frozen apples are often sprayed with wax to mimic this matte sheen.
All the ingredients needed for a hearty fall soup are in season—think creamy cauliflower, plump tomatoes, and vibrant squash. To pick the perfect ripe squash, check the stem. It should be intact, firm, and dry, all signs it was harvested at the right time and is full of flavor.