I don't know if you've noticed, but there has been an energy shift happening over the last few months. We are moving into a new age where having a meat-centered diet and using animals as commodities will no longer be acceptable. People are ready to take an honest look at their dinner plates and see the bigger picture staring back at them. Here's a list of things I think would be great to get on your plate this year.
Farmer's Market Produce
Why not buy your produce from a local farmer? I love getting to know where my produce comes from and making friends with the farmers. Even if it's not "Certified Organic", many of the farmers use organic farming methods, which will save you a bunch on your total food cost. Go Local Baby! If you buy produce that was produced within a 100-200 mile radius, it’s going to be freshly picked and will not have traveled thousands of miles to get to your dinner plate. Should make you feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing you aren’t participating in the oil crisis.
Dark Leafy Vegetables
These include kale (Tuscan, dinosaur, Russian purple), collards, mustard and dandelion greens, broccoli, sorrel, watercress, tatsoi, and arugula. These guys are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and might even be the most concentrated source of nutrition of any vegetable.
These include delicata, acorn, kabocha, butternut, spaghetti, and pumpkin. It’s important to get good quality sweet vegetables in your daily diet to help quench those sweet cravings and balance blood sugar. These can be steamed, sautéed, made into a pureed soup, and baked with a yummy stuffing.
Protein is an essential nutrient needed to maintain good overall health, but your best choices are going to be plant-based proteins, especially fermented soy products like tempeh, miso, shoyu, and natto. These fermented foods have great health benefits like building up and supporting the digestive system and strengthening the immune system.