An important part of getting started with any healthy food plan is to get organised and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season, especially in your local area.

An important part of getting started with any healthy food plan is to get organised and shop for fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season, especially in your local area.

Although today’s global marketplace allows us to buy foods grown virtually anywhere in the world all year round, these options are not the most sustainable.

The seasons dictate what is available at a specific time of the year and these foods will best nourish your body and strengthen your immune system. Thus, vine ripened seasonal produce is also far superior than green and off seasonal produce because of enzyme activity and bioavailability of nutrients.

So, challenge yourself this summer and try to eat only seasonal produce for a while. You will be surprised by the difference it can make to your health and pocket.

Here are some examples of fresh produce available this summer.

Summer Fruit (December - February)

Apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, figs, grapes, kiwifruits, lemons, lychees, mangoes, melons, watermelons, nectarines, passionfruits, peaches, pineapples, plums, pears, pomegranates, rhubarb.

Summer Vegetables (December - February)

Asparagus, avocado, beans, capsicum, celery, chilli peppers, chokoe, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, okra, onions, snow peas, radish, squash, sweet corn, tomato, zucchini, zucchini flowers. My recipe for you at home today uses some of these beautiful and healthy fruits. View the recipe here »

Posted by Ronaldo Fulieri
Ronaldo Fulieri

Ronaldo Fulieri is an Endeavour alumnus, nutritionist and holistic chef.

Ronaldo is open, friendly, energizing and definitely an inspiring Brazilian who is passionate about nutrition and cooking. He loves and respects food and knows that fresh ingredients have to be used adequately to preserve maximum nutrition and bio availability.

Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, nutritionist and chef Ronaldo Fulieri’s first book, Ronaldo’s Kitchen: The Superpower of Nutrition brings not only delicious and simple recipes to your dining room table but, well informed nutritional information that will help you to enjoy good food and experience weight loss at the same time.

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