If heading to the Farmers Market is already a Sunday ritual, then you already know that buying locally grown organic fruits and veggies can have a seriously positive effect on your week. Getting to know the local growers and understanding where and how your food is grown is not only a great way to stay connected with your health community, but also fuel your body with the highest quality nutrients available. Here is a quick list of my favorite go-to buys at the farmers market, that add flexibility and versatility to my weekly nutrition, but also have added health benefits to shopping elsewhere.
FREE-RANGE ORGANIC EGGS:
Eggs are a great source of protein, containing all of the essential amino acids you need in your daily diet. But, some research shows that not all eggs are laid equally. In fact, studies show that hens who were allowed to roam free had higher levels of Vitamin A & E, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids in their eggs. In addition, eggs that are certified organic were laid by hens who did not receive hormones or antibiotics. Make sure you stock up on free range organic eggs at your next farmers market trip, and add some healthy protein sources to your day!
Having too many leafy vegetables around the house during the week is never a bad thing. Stocking up on kale, swiss chard, romaine, arugula, spinach or any other organic green will give you lots of options to be creative with your salads throughout the week. However, non-organic farming techniques can blast your greens with pesticides or fertilizers that have been linked with many harmful health effects. Buying your greens from organic farmers at your farmers market is a great way to buy locally and minimize health effects from harmful chemicals and toxins.
Berries are one of the best super foods you buy! They are rich in phytochemicals, a natural antioxidant, which can help to decrease inflammation and the effects from cell damage. The chemical compounds found in berries have been linked with less mental decline in aging adults as well as heart health. Next time you are walking through the farmers market stalls, find yourself a flat of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries and add some color to your palate!
Although apples are available all year round, Fall is peak season for deliciousness. Here's a couple healthy tips: Make sure to always eat the skin, because it contains 2/3 of the fiber; toss them on any salad for a healthy sweet addition; and add some almond butter to a slice of apple with a dash of salt for a healthy mid day snack!
These juvenile vegetable leaves are anywhere from 7-14 days old and pack a serious nutrient punch. Studies have shown microgreens to have 4-6x more micronutrients than mature leaves of the same plant. Whether it's spinach, beets, peas, or many others, micro greens are a great garnish for many , and are sure to add sweet and refreshing flavor.
Everybody love flowers! It's actually science. Having flowers in your home or apartment can not only be a great aesthetic addition to your living space, but also improve your overall mood, happiness and well being. Whether you buy a premixed bouquet or mix and match to make your own, picking up fresh flowers at the farmers market will help create a positive atmosphere at your home and subtly brighten up your week.