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Do you eat with the seasons? Sadly, few of us do thanks to globalisation and the selection we are so lucky to have in supermarkets all year round. Not only that, but many of us still focus primarily on following a specific diet rather than trying to make healthy eating a lifestyle. The word ‘diet’ implies a time limit and a list of rules: cutting, limiting, counting. The latter doesn’t necessarily concern a healthy approach and that’s what we’re passionate about. We want to help our customers fall in love with a healthy diet. Consequently, for us this concerns a number of important terms: organic, seasonal, local and plant-based. In this post, we introduce you to a variety of seasonal vegetables in September and how you can enjoy them!
Throughout September, we have participated in a fantastic campaign all about Organic food led the Soil Association. Have you been following along? There are so many reasons to choose organic! In fact, we wrote about it in a number of blog posts here, here and here.
Our top 5 Seasonal Vegetables in September
Beetroot is a wonderful vegetable. It is rich in nutrients like phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese that may help lower your blood pressure and inflammation, boost your stamina, and support detoxification. Beets also contain naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow which is also a great benefit to athletes.
How to enjoy: Beetroots make a fantastic addition to smoothies and juices. You can also grate them into a salad or enjoy in a soup! In addition to all these options, our personal favourite is having beetroot in dessert. Yes, dessert!!! If you haven’t tasted our Beetroot Brownie, you’re in for a real treat. It’s mild in flavour but incredibly nutrient dense. What better way to get more vegetables into your diet than with dessert? See, this healthy lifestyle thing isn’t so bad.
Courgette (or Zucchini) is the first of our green super vegetables. It’s incredibly versatile and rich in nutrients including vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre. Like beetroot, the mild flavour means you can also enjoy courgette in desserts!
How to enjoy: You might already know some of the dishes that celebrate courgettes – courgetti, zoats and courgette brownies to name a few. At iRaw, we decided to get a little more innovative and create Courgette Crisps! They contain the mood supporting sweet basil that merges wonderfully with lemon infused courgette/zucchini. And the results speak for itself – these wonderful snacks were a finalist in the ‘Innovative Snacking’ Category at IFE17 this year!.
Kale is the epitome of green superfoods! This leafy veg has incredibly properties for health and wellness including calcium, vitamin C, K, A, manganese, copper, iron, vitamin E, vitamin B6/B2/B1, magnesium, protein and even omega 3!
How to enjoy: You can enjoy Kale with a little olive oil in a salad or in your morning smoothie. But the epitome of health right now is the Kale Crisp and what would a raw food producer do without. Our vision of kale crisps, Eastern Fusion is a gorgeous snack. Eastern Fusion has a little more attitude due to chilli and cayenne pepper content. You can honestly munch on these all day long as they are so delicious! What a way to enjoy Kale!
One day we’re going to make onions cry! Are we right? Onions provide a strong flavour which is also a sign of their micronutrient density. The onion is a good source of vitamin C and B6, iron, folate, and potassium and helps to support a healthy immune system and lower inflammation.
How to enjoy: Obviously, onions are a great flavour to many dishes and while you can’t quite hide it in a smoothie, we got a little creative and created the onion snack! Like crisps, these dehydrated onions are coated in nutrient dense herbs and ready for you to enjoy as a snack any time of day. You won’t be able to resist once you try just one!
Red, yellow or green? What’s your colour of choice? The pepper is a wonderfully sweet vegetable that adds numerous health benefits to your diet. You can enjoy it in a variety of ways ranging from sweet to spicy. This vegetable (well technically fruit because it is the part of the plant that develops from a flower) is incredibly rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K along with manganese and potassium.
How to enjoy: Peppers make a great addition to stews, soups, salads and even juices and smoothies. They have a lovely sweetness and the different colours highlight the variety of nutrients and antioxidants that you can find. Our founder couldn’t help but get creative (it’s in her blood). And so we present Peppery Kale! The sweet pepper is what makes these crisps so addictive!
Other Seasonal Vegetables in September
The list of seasonal vegetables in September goes beyond just the five we mention above. Furthermore, there are many fruits to look out for too! You will find much more comprehensive information here
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Exciting News – We Received a New Certification!
To end the post, we have some exciting news to share! We have been awarded the Organic Label from the Soil Association! It’s been quite a lengthy process and we are absolutely delighted to come through on the other end.
All Organic products made in the EU must meet strict standards. Therefore, getting recognition is also a lengthy process. The Soil Association UK is one of the oldest and most experienced and licenses over 70% of the organic food on sale in the UK.
If you would like to know more about what this means, you can find more information HERE.