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Eating a rainbow diet is one of the healthiest things someone can do. And with so much emphasis on living longer, findings ways to eat seasonally is a no-brainer. For those who aren’t familiar, seasonal eating means choosing whole foods that are plentiful during a specific time of year.

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One of the easiest ways to start eating seasonally is to visit local markets. Depending on the time of year, the choices of fresh fruit and vegetables are plentiful. In the summertime, berries of all varieties are for the taking.

Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are excellent choices for a sweet dessert. Melon is also plentiful, not to mention hydrating and filling. When it comes to vegetables, summer squash, peas, arugula, and kale are in season and can be prepared a variety of tasty ways.

During the fall and winter, root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes and rhubarb take center stage. All three can be made into delicious cream soups that are both filling and low in calories and fat. When it comes to fresh fruit, pears are a great choice to satisfy sweet cravings.

Keep in mind that as the seasons change, so does the seasonal food. The best way to know what’s available each season is research. Look into what types of foods are plentiful and plan accordingly. Also, what’s available will also depend on where someone lives. However, throughout North America, seasonal fruits and veggies can be found just about everywhere.

Experiment in the Kitchen

Even the most inexperienced would-be chefs can get creative in the kitchen. Eating seasonally means finding ways to create flavorful dishes that don’t take a lot of time to prepare.

Roasted seasonal veggies topped with fresh herbs are one of the easiest ways to start using seasonal foods. In addition, homemade preserves or applesauce doesn’t take much time, and both taste so much better than store-bought versions.

Eating a healthy diet is the key to living a long life. And with so many options available throughout the year, the biggest challenge will probably be deciding what to eat next. Finally, learning how to eat seasonally saves money and boosts the economy. Fresh foods are far less expensive than takeout, and when purchased locally, it helps the community thrive.