AGuide to Eating Seasonally W hat to B uy and C ook T hroughout the Y ear
The ball has dropped, champagne corks have popped, glitter is in the air, and the new year is here. Welcome to 2019! Now is a time for fresh starts, turned leaves, and big aspirations. The trick is getting past January, the burial ground for new year’s resolutions. To help you make the leap, make sure your resolutions are SMART (as first coined by George T. Doran). MONTHLY MOMENTS Bettina’s
SPECIFIC - What exactly do you want to achieve?
MEASURABLE - Keep track, and hold yourself accountable!
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. WINTER
ACHIEVABLE - Unattainable goals are never reached.
RELEVANT - Make sure this is something you care about.
TIME-BOUND - When will you achieve your goals by?
With these guidelines in your pocket and a can-do attitude, you are on the path to success, whether you just want to form new habits or climb whole mountains. Share your resolution with a friend, hold each other accountable, or compete to see who can actualize their goals more successfully. Maybe you will form a new tradition to round out your holiday season and carry you into the next. Whatever you do, do it zealously, with crisp January air and warm apple cider to fuel the new! –Bettina Neumann
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
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