We’ve come to terms with the fact long summer days are now behind us, but with the arrival of autumn comes a host of yummy, seasonal fruit and vegetables for us to enjoy! Root vegetables like sweet potato, butternut squash, turnips and potatoes as well as apples, cranberries, pears and figs are all in season, bursting with flavour and nutrition!
Seasonal eating so many benefits for you, your pocket and for the environment!
Reduced Cost – It takes a lot of energy and resources to manage, package, and transport foods from further afield that are out of season locally. This adds to the cost and takes money out of your wallet. Foods in season are more plentiful, therefor they are often on offer in your local supermarket.
Higher in Nutrients – Foods picked locally and seasonally are a rich source of nutrition, as they usually take less time to be transported from where they’re grown to where they’re bought. This shorter travel time means less time for important nutrients to degrade, meaning you are getting more of a nutrition boost than from foods flown in from further away
Helps the environment – Foods grown out of season take a tremendous amount of resources in one of two ways: either it takes a lot of extra energy to recreate the natural growing season in an artificial way, or to transport it across the world to you. Large amounts of fuel are needed to transport non-seasonal fruits and vegetables, whereas local, in-season foods do not. This reduces your carbon footprint!
Helps the local economy – Support local producers by visiting your nearest Farmers Market, or independent grocers. Purchasing locally builds your local economy instead of handing over the earnings to a corporation in another city, state, or country. Also, since the food itself moves through less hands, more of the money you spend will end up in the pockets of those raising and growing those foods!
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Emma is the Director of Nutrition and co-founder of GourmetFuel®. She has developed an entire range of health meals and meal plans to compliment healthy living and fuel performance. Emma Buckley B.Sc RNutr, is a Registered Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition, from Dublin, Ireland. A UCD graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry a Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health and a Higher Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. In almost two decades as a nutritionist she has worked with some of Ireland’s most well known food and health brands. She is an international keynote conference speaker on nutrition and health. She has worked closely with professional and Olympic athletes and coaches covering all track, field and combat sports at the highest levels. Her understanding of how food and the body work together along with a team of gourmet chefs, helps GourmetFuel create a beautiful range of healthy, delicious meals. Emma specialises in weight management, sports nutrition and maternal/postnatal and infant nutrition.
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