This presents a real challenge for those of us who cook mostly from scratch and prefer locally grown/organic fruits and vegetables. How do we make certain that our family is getting the nutrition that growing (or aging!) bodies need?
Here are a few things you can do while you're waiting for growing season to start up again:
|These blueberries may not be pretty, but they taste delicious!|
-Buy frozen, not "fresh". Most frozen produce was prepared where it was grown and at its peak, so you're going to get more vitamins and nutrients from frozen than anywhere else right now. Most "fresh" produce, by the time it reaches your grocery store, has traveled for a couple of weeks and many thousands of miles. The frozen food may not be as pretty, but it packs more of a nutritional wallop.
-Aim to increase your garden size this spring; or if you don't have garden space, buy your produce seasonally from the local farmers' market and prep/freeze/can/store it as you would with your own. You'll pay less and eat healthier.
-For next winter, plan to prepare freezer meals from your garden's bounty as you pick it, as well as storing individual items. That way you won't be scrambling for substitute ingredients come next March. .
-Include lots of legumes. Dried lentils and beans are an excellent source of iron, fiber, and other natural goodness, and you can cook them from dry and save a pile of money as well.
-Add a multivitamin to your daily routine. We look for high quality and easy-to-take vitamins, so we were delighted to be offered the chance to try Adult Essentials Gummies Multivitamin. M, 14, takes an adult multivitamin but can not swallow pills to save her life, so these chewables are ideal.....no more grown-up sized teen taking kids' chewables!
They won the 2015 Canadian Living Best New Product Award in the Health category, as voted on by over 60K Canadian consumers, so I'm obviously not the only one singing their praises. They're formulated with the unique nutritional needs of men and women in mind, and have created enhanced options such as multivitamins with added Omega 3, Vitamin D, Omega 3, B12, B-Complex, or Fibre. They're also gluten, dairy and nut free. Score!
You can get more details on the Life Science Nutritionals site, and use their retailer tool to find out where they're sold in your neck of the woods. They'll also be at the National Women’s Show in Montreal on March 13, 14 and 15. They will be available to chat with and it's a great opportunity to learn more about Adult Essentials and IronKids Gummies.
How do you meet your family's nutrition needs in the off season?
Disclosure: I am part of the Life Science Nutritionals blogger program with Influence Central and I receive special perks (like the vitamins, to try them ourselves) as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.