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The best way to eat inexpensively and also stay healthy is to stick to the principles of eating locally and organically grown. First of all, when you eat local, you are doing your best as an environmentalist during this pandemic to not support transnational corporations that tinker with genes, seeds, soil, plants, and animals. By eating seasonally you are also discouraging the climate damage caused by transporting food by truck and air.

August Seasonal Vegetables in Ontario

Seasonal vegetables to look out for during the month of august include:

Asparagus – It takes about five minutes to steam asparagus but it is also delicious put right on the bbq with a little bit of lemon juice, olive oil, and salt

Aubergine – Also known as eggplant, it can be broiled stuffed or made into eggplant Parmesan

Carrot – Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked in many different ways

Chard – Steam chard and add a little salt and apple cider vinegar for an invigorating side dish

Corn – BBQ corn still in its husk for a tasty summer treat

Cucumber, – Cucumber is best raw in salads or served with sour cream or yogurt or with cream cheese in a sandwich

Garlic – Organically grown garlic is cheaper in August so this is a good time to stock up on these cloves which can be added to anything

Green beans – You can boil, broil or steam green beans and add them hot or cold to soups and sauces or eat as a side dish.

Lettuce – Lettuce is abundant in August and it can be added to salads or big leaves like kale or Romaine can be used as sandwich wraps

Mushroom – This is the best time of year to buy mushrooms, either raw or cooked or stuffed with blue cheese and broiled

Nettle – This nourishing green food can be sautéed or boiled or added fresh to salads

Pepper – Red, green, yellow or orange, peppers can be roasted and filled with a protein and starch, added to sauces and stews or eaten raw in salads

Rhubarb – Rhubarb can be stewed and used as a side dish, jam or pie filling

Squash blossoms – (also known as courgette blossoms, squash blossoms can be stuffed with a mixture of soft cheese (such as goat cheese, mozzarella or ricotta) and eggs and deep-fried in olive oil

Radishes – Radishes taste great thinly sliced and added to any sandwich or salad

August Seasonal Fruits in Ontario

Seasonal fruits to look out for during the month of august include:

Apricot – Eat raw, add to hot cereals and add to baked goods, pies, and jams

Black cherries and sweet cherries – Eat raw, add to smoothies; make pies, sauces, and jams

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberry, and mulberries – Eat raw on its own or add to a salad or smoothy or eat it cooked in cereals, pies, and jams

Peaches, pears, plums, and nectarines – Eat raw, add to stews or bbq the sliced fruit; create sauces, jam, and pies

Gooseberries and Currants – Bake into cookies or breads or make jams

Cantaloupes – Serve cut in half with fruit or ice cream inside or simply whip up the cut flesh in a blender with ice to make a sweet treat

Watermelon – Serve raw, grilled or frozen and then whipped up in a blender to make a smoothie

Good places to buy local fruits and vegetables are your small local markets as well as Farmer’s markets. Remember that when you do this, you are not only optimizing your health, you are also supporting small businesses that may be struggling right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Remember that eating well is part of a healthy and active lifestyle that is also supportive of the balance in your bank account. Of course, not every one of these foods is appropriate for every health situation and dietary counseling is recommended for you if you have a specific health concern. If you are recovering from an illness or trying to lose weight we can help you find your focus to optimize your health. Services provided here at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare center include naturopathic testing, dietary counseling, homeopathy, herbal remedies, and intravenous infusion therapy. You can find out more about us on our website, call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at info@pinewoodhealth.ca and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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