Seasonal Vegetables

August Eats

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Enjoy more of what the summer season has to offer us. At this point in the year we have an abundance of fresh, colorful, sweet and bitter fruits and vegetables.

Seasonal Fruits Harvested in August

Apples, Avocados, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Fig, Grapes, Honeydew, Lemons, Oranges, Nectarines, Peaches, Pluots, Plums (stone fruit), Pears, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelons

Seasonal Veggies Harvested in August

Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cardoons, Cauliflower, Celery, Chile Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Endive, Fava Beans, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nopales, Onions, Potatoes, Snap Beans, Spinach, Squash, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Zucchini

Seasonal Spices + Herbs Harvested in August

Basil, Burdock, Chives, Lambsquarters, Lemongrass, Mint, Purslane, Sage, Sorrel, Sprouts

Meal Ideas:

  1. Watermelon + mint salad with extra-virgin olive oil drizzle

  2. Crunchy vegetable crudite with Beet hummus

  3. Tomato gazpacho

  4. Cucumber green juice with celery and mint

  5. Nopale and tomato salad with creamy guacamole tacos

  6. Corn salad with grape tomatoes, eggplant and fresh basil

  7. Cabbage and apple slaw accompanied by a tempeh or grass-fed beef burger

  8. Baked pears with cinnamon and coconut butter

  9. Melon chunks with torn mint and broccoli seed sprouts

  10. Avocado boats filled with sprouts and lemon preserve

Preserve, ferment, and pickle these favorites!


Skin Health: Watermelon

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For you sun worshippers … Did you know that excessive sun exposure to UV rays can accelerate aging skin and skin cancer? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

One of summer’s favorite fruits … watermelon can actually protect the skin from those harmful rays that lead to inflammation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

How? Watermelon, along with tomatoes and other red fruits like grapefruit and apricots contain high antioxidant levels and lycopene that strengthen the skins immune system and prevents UV-induced sunburn.
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Eat + Drink before, during, and after for efficiency. ⠀⠀

July's Eats

July Eats

I love summer because I feel so inspired to cook everything that's in season... there's an abundance of reds, oranges, blues, greens, leafy, soft, firm, squishy and crispy fruits + vegetables. Here’s the list for this month, it’s a long one!

FRUITS:

Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Pluots, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Melons, Cherries, Loquats

VEGETABLES:

Beets, Carrots, Celery, Fennel, Potatoes, Turnips, Eggplant, Endive, Green Beans, Cactus pads, Garlic, Leeks, Radish, Peppers sweet & chile, Corn, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Tomatoes

LEAFY GREENS:

Purslane, Endive, Nettles, Arugula, Chard, Kale, Lambsquarters, Cress

MEAL IDEAS:

  1. Beet slaw with pistachios + raisins

  2. Pan roasted carrots with carrot top salsa verde, avocado + seared salmon

  3. Celery, apple + peanut salad

  4. Chilled seafood salad with fennel, radish, basil + creme fraiche

  5. Potato & roasted cauliflower salad, olives, feta + arugula

  6. Turnip salad with yogurt, herbs + poppy seeds

  7. Roasted eggplant + corn with fresh tomatoes and torn mint

  8. Cactus and tomato picadillo with fresh cilantro and chilies

  9. Nectarine + blueberry salad with torn mint, bee pollen + tahini drizzle

  10. Baked peaches with cinnamon, topped with chilled whipped coconut cream

Recipes for #1-6 from the book Six Seasons. For other recipes, please connect with me directly.

June's Eats

Seasonal Berries

Summer has arrived and along with summer comes some of our most favorite fruits and vegetables. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and the artichoke help stimulate our liver’s capacity to metabolize and detoxify our nutrients and toxins. The antioxidants and phytonutrients from stone fruit, berries, and melon help cleanse our digestive tract, combat free radicals and can lead to cancer and feed our healthy glow.

Apricots, nectarines, peaches  (stone fruit)

Artichokes

Berries (blackberries, blueberries, mulberries, raspberries)

Broccoli

Cherries

Cauliflower

Corn

Fava beans

Greens (collard greens, kale, swiss chard)

Loquats

Melons

Peas

Meal Ideas?

Corn and Fava Bean salad with heirloom baby tomatoes, avocado, and mint

Artichokes and Kale Pesto for an appetizer

Roasted Curried Cauliflower cooked with raisins and red onions, topped with fresh dill and mint yogurt

Baked Stone Fruit with cold coconut cream and cinnamon

May's Eats

Radishes

It’s that time again…new fruits and vegetables are coming in as we get deeper into Spring in the West. What’s on the table today?

Lettuces, turnip greens, kale, and possibly some root vegetables like fennel and onions are signatures of Spring.

Asparagus 
Cabbage 
Bitter greens: Collards, kale, mustard, turnip 
Leafy greens and lettuce 
Radishes 
Rhubarb 
Spinach 
Strawberries

I suggest light saute’s, shaved on salads, mixed into juices and smoothies….salted, rubbed, pickled and eaten with love.

February Eats

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We are getting close to the end of winter, which means it’s a wonderful time to begin introducing some of our friendly cleansing vegetables to help us get rid of our accumulated winter toxins. At the end of the month we will begin to see brighter detoxing greens like dandelion, so keep your eyes peeled out.

Enjoy these…

Beetroot, broccoli, artichoke, cardoon, catalogna chicory, carrot, cauliflower, white cabbage, Savoy cabbage, Brussels sprout, chicory, sauerkraut, beet tops, fennel, endive, lettuce, leek, red radicchio, turnip, spinach, and Jerusalem artichoke, 

A lovely easy breakfast … slightly steamed broccoli and turnip with shaved fennel and leeks with extra virgin olive oil and, sea salt, pepper, and chili flake. Poached egg optional.

A grounding snack of beet hummus sans the beans in endive leaves.

Eat well.

October's Fruits + Vegetables

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Every season has specific fruits and vegetables that are grown in abundance depending on growing conditions and weather.

As we approach autumn, we’ll continue to see some fruits and veggies from summer but overall, you’ll be seeing more green and hearty vegetables starting this October. Find these guys at your farmer’s market or favorite healthy supermarket.

Fruits

Apples: bake slices with coconut oil, cinnamon and a pinch of cardamom
Avocados: guacamole – add nutritional yeast and hemp seeds for protein and fat
Dates: stuff with ghee and vanilla salt for a decadent dessert
Figs: deliciously fresh is quite alright
Grapefruits: wedged with a sprinkle of salt, chili flake, and fresh rosemary
Pears: sliced in an arugula salad with walnuts and goat cheese

Vegetables

Greens: (Arugula, Kale, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard): eat raw, lightly sautéed, massaged, use them for as a “wrap”
Bok Choy: lightly sauté with coconut aminos and other veggies
Brussel Sprouts: roast with garlic and fresh rosemary
Broccoli: eat steamed with melted ghee, sprinkle with a pinch of salt
Cauliflower: make mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes
Eggplant: roast and add to your favorite pasta sauce
Fennel: thinly shaved and added to your salad
Okra: oven-roasted. It can be simply flavored with olive oil, salt and pepper, or smothered with spices. Snap Peas: raw and used as dip sticks
Tomatoes: fresh in a salad with torn basil or cooked in your favorite soup or sauté
Winter Squash: roasted with ghee and sea salt and black pepper. Topped with hemp seeds, arugula and extra-virgin olive oil drizzle.

Allow your body to flow with the seasonal changes of food.

Welcome autumn, let’s cleanse

Fall

Autumn is here, can you feel it? Now we can look forward to having an excuse to stay in, watch movies, and cook delicious meals. I always think of the autumn months as a time to re-ground and nurture what we have.

Let’s rewind and talk about summer real quick. It’s awesome, right? The weather is just right, the sun bronzes your skin, we wear lighter more colorful clothing, we’re surrounded by an abundance of bright fresh antioxidant-rich foods, the bqqing, the socializing …

Although these are all fun and cool aspects of summer, we also tend to pick up some unhealthy habits that tend to get drawn out over those few months … late night dinners, decreased amounts of sleep, over-stimulating socializing, spontaneous meals, lots of chips and guac, rose, ice cream desserts, and then some. Delicious times, of course but doing so more than usual can cause rise to tummy troubles, weight gain, lethargy, and brain fog.

Typically by the time mid/late September hits, the body is feels how summer indulgences have taken on an energetic weight that is ready to shed off. Tuning in and you’ll notice the body wanting to slow. And if you really tune in, you’ll feel the body wanting to detox to get ready for the colder seasons. Most people think of detoxing from the winter months but I think it’s important to stimulate and cleanse your liver (not only daily) after every season.

The liver is always detoxing, that’s its job 24/7. However, the liver needs support and stimulation from herbs, food, and exercise so that it performs optimally. Here’s what you can do for the next 2-3 weeks to cleanse the body and mind so that you begin the fall season feeling grounded and solid.

Reduce/Avoid:

If you’re a meat eater reduce intake to 1-2x a week while increasing fish 2-3x a week, and adding more vegetable protein.

Reduce/avoid intake of dairy, including cheese - dairy tends to cause digestive upset, congestion, hormonal imbalances, and weight gain

Reduce/avoid intake of grains - grains can be inflammatory, cause digestive upset, and brain fog. You can opt for gluten-free grains like amaranth, rice, quinoa, and buckwheat.

Increase:

Warm lemon water with 1 tsp of ginger powder every AM

Seasonal veggies, especially broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, garlic, and onion

Eat warm, cooked meals along with raw fresh greens like dandelion greens

Add spices to your repertoire

Drink herbal teas like dandelion tea with is wonderful for simulating the liver and removing toxins from the body quickly and nettles tea which is tonifying, bone-building, kidney and urinary tract cleansing, and even helps with skin issues like eczema.

Add more brisk walking and cardio. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day. Tip: listening to an engaging podcast can keep you walking for a long time!

The sun sets earlier, so try to eat dinner around the sunset time or at least 3 hours before bedtime. This will help your digestion function optimally and allows your liver to perform best at it’s prime working hour 1-3am.

You receive energy and grounding when you get in touch with nature and it’s life cycles. So, sit at a park and listen to the birds and listen to trees and watch their leaves begin to change their color.

Honor your body’s need for Rest n’ Relaxation… sleep, nap, and decompress...