Staying Organic During the Holidays
During the holiday season, delicious traditional meals make these special days memorable. We all look forward to this time of year, but if you’ve been eating healthy all year round, maintaining your regime can get a little tricky. Why would you kick your good habit for the holidays? As challenging as it may seem, preparing a healthy organic holiday feast is possible. The key is local fresh produce and a bit of creativity. By following this rule, you can keep your healthy habits during the holidays, and at the same time, create a delicious, enjoyable holiday meal to share with your loved ones.
You get the most out of your fruits and vegetables when important considerations are taken into account, including growing fruits and vegetables in rich soil, allowing for proper ripening instead of gas-induced, and avoiding unnecessary shipping processes and long storage. Fresh fruits and vegetables are a good source of essential vitamins, and you can use them to make any kind of holiday menu, including the most traditional meals as well. All you need to do is choose the right place to do your grocery shopping and pick local, organic, unrefined options versus pesticide-laden foods, including ones with GMOs, processed or packaged.
If you buy packaged foods, opt for products containing natural ingredients avoiding extra additives, like corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors, and hydrogenated oils. Let’s keep in mind, nothing is better than food made from scratch!
Local Organic Food Farm:
Check out your closest organic foods farm. The advantages of buying local are many. Ever wondered the length of time and distance it took for your food to reach its final destination? Or the natural resources like fuel and materials that were used and contributed to pollution? By choosing local, not only are you bypassing these negative factors but getting fresher ingredients grown in rich soil. Also, there is the added transparency of knowing where your food comes from.
When buying from your local organic farmers market, buy lots of superfoods including:
– healthy protein (organic chicken, wild caught fish, free range eggs)
– greens (organic kale, spinach, broccoli and fresh herbs)
– fruits (organic apples, pears, berries, citruses and every other fruit you love)
– good oils (seeds, nuts, avocados and olive oil)
– carbs (whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice)
Superfoods are very easy to find once you start looking, even if you need to search a bit and go out of your regular shopping route. In the end it will pay off and benefit you in numerous ways, mostly by maintaining a diet consisting of fresh and organic food that will replenish you and your family’s health.
Finally, put your creative mind to work. All good food is a result of ingredients put together. To make a delicious holiday meal, think of traditional recipes and substitute the refined ingredients with a more healthy option. For example, try substituting traditional dough piecrust with a mixture of ground almonds and dates. Or, sugar with applesauce, fruit juice, or agave nectar honey. Your holiday feast will not only be memorable, but guilt free, delicious, and healthy as well. Picture these nutrients as the best gift you can give yourself and your family in the holiday season.