Every summer I crave all the berries I can get my hands on, my body wants them and so I pretty much eat them every single day, multiple times a day in my morning smoothie, afternoon yoghurt, and as a sweet after dinner snack. However, the second the weather starts to turn a little cooler, my body intuitively starts to crave them less and I start to desire more Fall seasonal fruits, and spices like apples with lots and lots of cinnamon.
This significant and noticeable change in taste that happens as the seasons begin to change could be easily connected to endless advertisements with pumpkin spice lattes, your pinterest blowing up with apple pie recipes, and squash in everything, and while that all may be true there is an even greater reason that I believe we have in many ways become very disconnected from.
Our bodies on a physiological level begin to want and crave foods that are in season for a biological reason. It has only been within the past 100 years that global foods became available more readily throughout the year, and even less time since processing of foods made it possible to have access to almost any food a person could want, at anytime, exactly how the person wants it.
Think about that for a second. Is it reasonable for us to want strawberries to be available, perfectly ripe, free of mold, and delicious in the middle of winter? No...that in fact is absolutely absurd, and such a simple example of how much convenience has begun to drive our lives.
Not only is eating in season better for our bodies from a nutrient perspective (foods lose their nutritional value the longer it takes them to eaten after being picked), eating in season also helps our bodies connect with where our food comes from like it did for thousands and thousands of years before we decided to confuse it with convenience.
So I challenge you this Fall and Winter to get inconvenient. When you go to the supermarket think about what is in season right now, and tune into what your body naturally is desiring. Allow yourself to step outside your comfort zone and typical routine. Think about how you could switch that very non-seasonal (and probably super expensive) food item for something more local. Before you know it you are going to begin to feel connected to your food in a way you haven't felt possibly ever before, and I promise you that it will be empowering.
And if you can't even remotely imagine only consuming something like berries in the short Summer months, then think about learning from your grandmother, or great-grandmother and learn how to can, freeze, preserve, or dry some of the foods you want access to in the winter, when they are available now in the late summer.
end of summer strawberry smoothie bowl
- 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein
- 1 cup frozen local strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen zucchini
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter (or almond butter)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup gluten-free granola
- Berries of choice
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings, or the recommended toppings provided.
- Eat with a spoon and enjoy!