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A Guide to Eating Seasonally
What to Buy and Cook Throughout the Year
SPRING Unsurprisingly, spring is when bright green vegetables start to emerge en masse. From asparagus and artichokes to snap peas and fava beans, you’ll find no shortage of delicious veggies to signal the blossoming of a new season. Spring is also the best time to eat strawberries, which is something even the pickiest of eaters can get behind. The downside with spring produce is that the season tends to be relatively short, so you’ll have to enjoy these treasures while you can.
This time of year, many people resolve to eat healthier. It’s a noble goal, but it can’t be accomplished through wishful thinking alone. There are infinite fad diets and eating challenges you can try in order to improve your diet, but more often than not, these methods produce fleeting results. It’s much more logical to transform your diet through simple, actionable steps rather than attempting a complete overhaul based on obscure methodology or marketing gimmicks. Fortunately, one of the biggest steps you can take to improve your diet is also a simple one: Increase the amount of local and seasonal produce in your pantry and on your plate. Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstones of nutritious eating habits, and sourcing from local purveyors guarantees you’ll get your produce at the height of freshness. In addition to the health and taste benefits of eating fresh produce that hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to land on a store shelf, seasonality and locality affect the sustainability and price of your food. “If people are prepared to eat locally and seasonally,” says philosopher and food theorist Peter Singer, “then they probably do pretty well in terms of environmental impact.” On the economic side of things, the shorter the distance between farm and store, the lower the price, which is why you can always find great deals at your local farmers market. To help make 2019 a year of seasonal eating, you’ll need to know what’s at peak ripeness each season. Of course, some of what’s available in your area will vary based on the climate where you live, but the vast majority of this guide will be applicable to the 48 contiguous states.
SUMMER Variety is at an all-time high during the summer months, but a few categories of produce deserve particular attention. Nightshades, including tomatoes, peppers, chilis, and eggplant, shine during this time of year. In fact, eating a tomato in December is a pale imitation of what you’ll get in July, making it one of the best examples of the stark
difference between eating seasonally and grabbing whatever is languishing on the shelves at the grocery store. The same goes for corn and stone fruit like peaches, which are summer-barbecue staples for a reason. FALL Think of the Thanksgiving color palette, and you’ll have a good idea of what’s in season. Hearty greens like kale and Swiss chard will begin appearing more frequently, as well as unique varieties of carrots and apples. Fall is also the best time of year for foraged mushrooms like oysters and chanterelles. As with the weather, autumnal foods are the bridge between the brightness of summer and the depths of winter. TOOLS FOR EATING SEASONALLY SeasonalFoodGuide.org is a great to tool to find up-to-the-minute lists of what’s in season in your state, from traditional favorites to obscure vegetables you’ve probably never heard of. When it comes to seasonal cookbooks, you can do no better than Joshua McFadden’s “Six Seasons,” which divides the calendar beyond our traditional four quarters for maximum specificity.
WINTER While you may not expect it, the coldest portion of the year produces a bounty of vegetables that are earthy and subtly sweet. At the top of this list is cabbage, which comes in many varieties and is at its peak during winter. Root vegetables like parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, and kohlrabi are also in abundance. On the fruitier side of things, winter in the
warmer parts of the country yields delicious citrus harvests. At no other time of the year will you find such an awesome variety of oranges, lemons, limes, and more. Be on the lookout for exotic varieties like blood oranges and pomelos.
Here’s to a year of enjoying seasonal, local produce. It will expand your horizons and improve your health — a win-win by any measure.
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January Birthdays & Anniversaries BIRTHDAYS LIZ C. AND DR. GARNER ANNIVERSARIES ANN S, TEMPEST, & RACHEL R
Social Media Reminders for Parents
Social media has been making the world smaller than ever. The distance among cross-country relatives and friends shrinks with each post or Skype call. And instant updates from loved ones are particularly valuable during the holidays. That Christmas morning video call means Grandma and Grandpa get to see their grandkids in their new holiday outfits, but so can online predators. According to digital and safety experts, half of the photos filtered onto the darknet are stolen from parents’ social media accounts. If these predators are privy to your photos, they’re also able to snag your location and other sensitive information, putting you and your children at physical risk as well. On a less disturbing note, social media content is permanent. Even after you delete a post or a photo, it leaves a digital footprint that could follow your
child throughout their education and could even affect job interviews or future relationships. It’s still possible for you to foster a sense of privacy in the digital age, but it’s important to respect what your child deems private information. After all, it’s their future. Consider these rules before you share.
1. ASK YOUR CHILD’S PERMISSION. If
they can speak, then they can speak for themselves. Children love to see photos of themselves, but they may also be aware of what they are and aren’t comfortable with, even at a young age.
2. LIMIT THE NUDITY. Everyone loves a
beach day, but think twice before posting swimsuit pictures. Opt to post safer photos, like the family posing prior to fun in the sun.
Double Trouble Clean Your Smile and Enjoy Your Favorite Foods Who says multitasking is impossible? Well, brain science does. But dental science says you can enjoy a snack and get some dental cleaning done at the same time. Check out some of these treats that pull double duty as both yummy snacks and superfoods for your smile. CHEESE, PLEASE (AND OTHER DAIRY TOO) In addition to providing your bones and teeth with calcium, cheese, yogurts, and other dairy products can be low in sugar. Dairy lowers the acidity level in your mouth and creates an unfavorable environment for bacteria looking to ruin your perfect smile. Plus, chewing cheese promotes saliva production, which is effectively nature’s toothbrush. As long as you don’t go overboard, dental experts say there’s nothing wrong with cutting the cheese. A FEAST FIT FOR RABBITS Few people get excited about bland treats like celery or carrots, but your teeth just might. The physical action of eating carrots and celery stimulates your mouth to produce more saliva. Plus, the textures of these vegetables can help brush gunk off your gums and pearly whites, aiding your saliva in its mission. As a bonus, the vitamins these veggies contain are great for your gums and bone health. (Though
teeth are not bones, they are very similar in composition.) So, follow Peter Rabbit’s lead and get in a daily serving of teeth-brushing vegetables.
THINK ABOUT YOUR GUMS Since the purpose of gum is to be mashed between our teeth for long periods of time, it’s natural to produce buckets of saliva while enjoying a piece. But dentists warn that in order to get the full benefits for your gums and teeth, you should be chewing sugar-free gum to avoid caking your mouth in enamel-gnawing sugars. Although the sugar content in most gum flavors isn’t high enough to completely outweigh the pros of the chewing motion and saliva production, it’s still wise to be mindful of the sugars your favorite gum contains.
The best way to get the perfect smile is with regular dental cleanings, brushing, and flossing, but if you’re craving a treat, you can’t beat one that multitasks for you.
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Brussels Sprout Hash Standard hash may be a no-go on paleo diets, but there’s nothing off- program about this Brussels sprout version. It’s perfect for a Sunday brunch.
3. CHECK YOUR SETTINGS. Your privacy settings may be exposing your family to more people than you know, and if you feel the need to share every minute of your child’s day online, making these settings airtight will protect your children and their reputations.
Consider some of these safe alternatives to regular public posting:
Inspired by Food Republic
4 cups Brussels sprouts, finely shredded
1. TINYBEANS.COM is a secure photo-sharing website for parents of babies and young children. The digital photo album app allows you to share photos with only the people you choose. 2. CREATE A SEPARATE, SECURE GROUP ON FACEBOOK. Family, friends, or coworkers in closed groups can still fawn over their little ones in a personal, safe setting.
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1/4 cup onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Despite the dangers your digital life can elicit, you don’t have to avoid the digital world completely. Social media is still a great tool for families to stay connected, as long as you take precautions. Go ahead and brag about your kids online — just be safe and considerate of your child’s wishes. It’s A New Year! •
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1. In a cast-iron skillet or large sauté pan, heat oil to medium. 2. Once simmering, add rosemary for 1 minute, then remove sprig. 3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add onion and garlic, and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes. 4. Increase heat to medium-high, add Brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. 5. Using a large spoon, create 4 wells for eggs. Pour 1 egg into each well and cook until set. 6. Carefully remove eggs and Brussels sprouts from pan and serve.
And A Fresh Chance to Make the Most of Your Benefits
Yes, a new year is a great opportunity to make the most of your dental benefits.
At the beginning of each year, most dental benefits reset. If you missed out on using any of your benefits last year, don’t let it happen again! While your 2018 benefits may have expired, you can make the most of your benefits this year by taking advantage of the dental care they cover.
Train Your Brain!
Now is the perfect time to schedule some of these services:
The money you pay to your dental insurance company is to cover these treatments. If your benefits renew in January, now is the time to plan ahead for 2019 and schedule those appointments so you don’t miss out on the coverage you’re paying for. Start 2019 off right and keep your smile shining bright! Call us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you!
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Inside This Issue
• The Value of Seasonal Eating page 1 • Staying Safe on Social Media • Foods That Clean Your Teeth page 2
• Dental Benefits Reminder
• Brussels Sprout Hash page 3 • Pensacola Local Events page 4
PLUNGE INTO THE NEW YEAR
With These Pensacola Events
Take the leap and check out some of these local events happening in January! They provide great ways to jump into 2019 — just don’t forget
your swimsuit! POLAR BEAR PLUNGE Jan. 1, 2 p.m. Pensacola Beach Plunge into the new year with this annual tradition. Each year, hundreds of participants make the splash into the Santa Rosa Sound, and this year, it’s your turn — even if you just want to watch the fun. Hosted by Paradise Bar & Grill, registration is $15 for adults and $5 for Cub Club participants (those in fifth grade or younger) and begins at 12 p.m. on Jan. 1. You’ll get a Polar Bear Plunge t-shirt and bragging rights. Proceeds go to the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce.
PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS Jan. 26, 7:05 p.m. Pensacola Bay Center
POP-UP OPERA Jan. 22, 1:45 p.m. Pensacola Visitor Information Center
The Ice Flyers take on the Peoria Rivermen on Jan. 26. This hockey season has had some ups and downs for the Flyers, with shutouts in one game turning into a loss in the next, but they have a strong group of players and can use your support! Go cheer on our local hockey team against the Rivermen on Friday, Jan. 26, which is also military appreciation night. Afterward, stay for the post-game jersey auction. You can find tickets at pensacolaiceflyers.com.
The Pensacola Pop-Up Opera is great opportunity to hear talented voices in a relaxed setting. The event features artists-in-residence Andrea Baker, soprano; Christina Pezzarossi, mezzosoprano; Alexander Scheuermann, tenor; Corey Gaudreau, baritone; and Kelvin Ying, pianist and coach. You’ll get a preview of some of the selections for their next performance. Following the show, you can join in on the Historic Pensacola Trolley Tour. Hop on and enjoy the ride!
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