Seasonal Fruits And Vegetables

Following the rhythm of the seasons is a four-fold guarantee: freshness, taste, the variety over the months and products that have not crossed the world by plane to appear on your plate. Not to mention an ancient biorhythm: we have only been eating for a few decades without being influenced by the seasons, but our genes remember and thank you for this return to our origins!

Spring: Cleaning

It’s ‘spring cleaning’ time! Emerging from a winter when the body is often overloaded, regenerate and cleanse yourself by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables. Artichoke, radish, fresh onions are good for cleansing the body.

There is a wide choice of vegetables around at this time of year, so choose firm and colourful vegetables, organic, if possible. Avoid vegetables that are too polished to be real and those in a plastic bag. Discover the seasonal fruits and vegetables and enjoy the range of tastes, colours and textures.

Summer: Hydration

In summer, we must stay hydrated, both drinking and ‘eating’ water through our diets. It’s lucky then that cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes arrive on the shelves in summer. Make your own fruit and vegetable juices or gazpacho (cold tomato and cucumber soup). Apricots, strawberries, peaches, plums, blackberries come into season one after the other. There’s no time to get bored before another fruit is finally ripe!

Summer is also a time for salads, fruits and seafood. Eat lighter and appreciate products ‘as they come’. Fish, fresh cheeses, cold chicken perfectly accompany these deliciously simple cravings.

Autumn: Preparation

The body prepares itself spontaneously and naturally in autumn for the rigours of winter and the short days. It ’craves’ carbohydrates and vegetable fats, but this is not a reason to listen to it!

Some fruits arrive late in the season: quinces, figs, apples and pears. Regarding vegetables, the cabbage season starts (recommended for the prostate!), as well as zucchini and pumpkins. Do not hesitate to eat cleansing foods (radishes, celery, artichokes), to prepare yourself for the richer winter foods. Think about adding mushrooms into your diet!

Winter: Moderation

In winter, you want hot food: soups, casseroles, and starches. Overuse the first, enjoy the second reasonably, and vary the third (rice, pasta, dried beans, and potatoes). Beetroot, turnips, leeks, onions, carrots, parsnips, potatoes: it is the season of ‘root vegetables’ and stews!

Hints And Tips

Good For You! 

An apple washed with its skin, a banana, a pear, two or three tangerines, plums, or apricots are all good for you. If you want a change and do not have a very sweet tooth try a potato cooked with a little coarse salt or cooked egg white instead of that usual piece of sausage.

Get the Right Cooking Equipment

To better follow the advice given by Feel+®, invest in the right cooking equipment such as a non-stick frying pan and an oil spray, which will allow you to cook with minimal fat. Also invest in a pressure cooker that will allow you to control the cooking temperature (many vegetables lose all their nutrients if cooked above 100°C). Invest in good knives for de-fatting meat and slicing vegetables, and a potato masher to avoid flaky potatoes!

Cabbages And Other ‘Friends’ Of The Prostate

All fruits and vegetables are recommended in large quantities, but some contain antioxidants that may be good for the prostate. There are surely some that you like from the examples below:

  • Tomatoes (especially cooked), watermelon and ruby grapefruit for lycopene.
  • Cabbages and other cruciferous vegetables (white, red, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli) for sulphoraphanes
  • Garlic, onions, shallots and leeks for selenium.

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