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Boost your gut health with these seasonal foods!

Spring, we love you. We are ALL about the warmer weather, colorful blooms, longer days, and — most of all — fresh foods. It’s hard to ignore the magical shift that takes place this time of the year, and there’s nowhere that this is more noticeable than at the farmer’s market! 

We love checking out all the new seasonal produce and always leave with way more than what was on our shopping lists. After a winter season full of cruciferous veggies, roots, and greens, we can’t help but feel a bit giddy when we start seeing our favorite fruits and herbs popping back up at the market. It’s like a whole new world just opened up!

Keep reading for some of our favorite foods to stock up on this time of year… 


Our Spring Seasonal Shopping List


VEGETABLES:

  • Artichokes
  • Endive
  • Collard Greens
  • Eggplant
  • Chives
  • Green Beans
  • Summer Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Sprouts
  • Snap Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Nopales
  • Spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Mushrooms
  • Leeks
  • Pea Shoots
  • Peppers 

FRUITS:

  • Raspberries
  • Plums
  • Kiwi
  • Grapes
  • Avocados
  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lemons
  • Strawberries
  • Pummelo


HERBS:

  • Nettles
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme


Want to find out what's in season in your area?

Get a personalized seasonal food guide here!


Ritual Practices for Better Gut Health


HOW EATING WITH THE SEASON BOOSTS DIGESTION

Eating with the season cuts down on food transportation, supports local farming, and reduces the use of preservatives. But not only is it better for the earth, it’s also better for your body. 

  • Seasonal foods are more nutrient-dense. 

When you eat according to the time of year, your food is more likely to be organic and fresh. Fresh, bright foods contain a higher polyphenol count, which means they are more nutritious. 

  • Seasonal foods are more natural. 

Sometimes a little dirt isn’t a bad thing… by consuming foods that haven’t been hyper-sanitized, you may actually be exposed to helpful germs that will boost your immunity.

  • Seasonal foods are more diverse.

By eating seasonally, you will naturally have a more varied diet, which is good for digestive health. You will also be able to eat more intuitively, as our bodies most desire foods that are in season.


HOW THE CHRONODIET BOOSTS DIGESTION

Not only are we incorporating new, fresh ingredients into our meals this season, we're also using this time to follow the Chronodiet.

The main objective of the Chronodiet is to create harmony by syncing the body with the natural ebbs and flows of our environment. This diet, based on the study of Chronobiology, is less focused on what you are eating than when you are eating, and follows the theory that food should be eaten at the time of day it receives information from the sun (also known as solar nutrition). 

In accordance to Chronobiology, fruit and nuts should be consumed in the morning. The afternoon is the best time for leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables and animal protein. Night time is ideal for eating foods that grow in the water or underground, like sweet potatoes and fish.

We love that The Chronodiet connects us with the natural rhythm of our environment. By eating in time with nature, food has the power to transform our health and provide our bodies with all we need to heal and feel our best.

We know that this way of eating isn’t possible all of the time, but we choose to practice it every spring to honor the new season and celebrate the wonderful foods that come with warmer weather. This creates an annual ritual that gives us an opportunity to slow down and appreciate the ebbs and flows of the year.


OWL's Guide to Seasonal Eating and Chronobiology


Are you looking to introduce the principles of seasonal eating and chronobiology into your life? The OWL Lifestyle Guide & Recipe eBook is full of delicious recipes that use seasonal ingredients! 

For a limited time, the OWL eBook is FREE with all purchases!
To redeem: Add the eBook to your shopping cart (with another item) and the discount will apply automatically.

We hope you enjoy exploring the recipes we’ve created. Give yourself permission to customize as desired, and don’t forget to tag @owlvenice on IG so we can share! 
In health,
The OWL Fam

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