Why seasonal produce is best for you.

Nowadays we can buy fruit that is mostly seasonal (well, just like the majority of fruits) like blueberries all year round. But, is there any sense or doing that? Do these indoor grown fruits have any nutritional value at all? Or should we prefer eating seasonal produce? Let’s find out!

First of all, scientific research says that eating seasonal produce is SUSTAINABLE

It could reduce the environmental impact of the diet. Eat your local seasonal produce, you will contribute to the small businesses and farmers, you won’t support those big companies which happen to provide us with falsely ripe bananas.

Produce is full of nutrients.

Harvesting pumpkin in the middle of the summer wouldn’t do any good. Your seasonal stuff is being harvested at the peak of freshness and it doesn’t lose its important minerals and vitamins.

It’s cheaper!

Seasonal veggies and fruit are easier to produce, and often they are cheaper if they re in season. Autumn is here, apples are super cheap, so go, get some and make a pie.

Pest/Wax Free

Seasonal produce doesn’t have to be waxed because it is SEASONAL. Its fresh appearance doesn’t have to be maintained artificially. Of course, it’s not that easy to find even seasonal produce pest free. I recommend buying from well-known sources with a good reputation. Then, you really focus on supporting sustainable businesses and nourishing your body with the best food possible.

If you are London, Bath, or Bristol (UK) based I can wholeheartedly recommend Farmdrop. This isn’t a sponsored post, but being extremely happy with them I want to spread the message that supporting sustainable businesses is crucial to our environment and our health!

In other news, I made a smoothie bowl today, I used only seasonal things (well, not only, I used bananas as well, but nobody’s perfect :D). This is what I’ve put there:

  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Cinnamon
  • Anaise
  • Almond Milk
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turmeric

The preparation was easy. Peel (or not), throw it into a blender and shake up a bit.  Coconut Bowls are just so perfect for it. Such a tiny bowl, I was surprised how much of a smoothie it fits. Here are some photos of my morning smoothie bowl:

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Thanks for reading!

Sources for the sustainability bit:

Nature’s Garden Express

Seasonality and dietary requirements: will eating seasonal food contribute to health and environmental sustainability?

Protein and Fibre Cookies Recipe

Hello Guys!

How are you doing?

I stopped liking my lunches lately, even salmon with cranberry sauce is boring for me at the moment. I realised I enjoy small portions of food, like a banana and then in two hours a sandwich or bowl of cereal (yep, for lunch).

All my last week’s meal prep landed in the bin, I just couldn’t force myself to eat that, so I decided to do something different this week and I made these PROTEIN AND FIBRE COOKIES because I saw them in Holland and Barrett and I thought, well, I will try to make them myself.

They came out super tasty and I thought it’s a good recipe to share with you!

Recipe

Preheat the oven to 200.

Ingredients

1 egg (From Farmdrop of course, free chicken, happy chicken)
2,5 tbsp of Peanut Butter (Pip & Nut the best I ever had, also from Farmdrop)
50g of wholemeal spelt flour Doves Farm Organic 
50 g of grounded oats, like oat flour
2 tbsp of fibre. I used apple powdered fibre from Polish company, I really don’t remember where is it from.
2 tsp of honey or any other sweetener, it’s up to you. I just like to add honey to my cooking during the horrible wet weather. And again I used organic Polish honey, no name.
2 tbsp of coconut oil (melted)
2 tbsp of cocoa. Again Polish brand.

Combine everything together. The dough should have a consistency that enables you to form cookies, if it’s too thick, you can add some coconut oil or even milk, if it’s not thick enough, just add oats or spelt flour and then form your cookies!

Reduce the oven temperature to 175 Celsius and bake your cookies for 20 minutes. After that time check on them, they may require 5 minutes more.

They are really nutritious, have plenty of protein, lots of fibre, contain good fat and they taste very good! Hope you will enjoy them!

 

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Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event

I think my blog is becoming too focused on food. Don’t blame me please, I love food. But… we all do? My lovely friend Meyrovich surely agrees with me on this, right?

So, we had an amazing opportunity to attend Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event. Thank you Farmdrop for inviting us, we had such a great time.

We were given an opportunity to prepare some Christmas stuffing by ourselves, but under Masterchef finalist instructions – Beth’ Thomas and it was a brilliant experience as I have never made any stuffing in my life.  Meyrovich and I were given a veggie option with bread crumbs and then we could add whatever we wanted: I went for cranberries, sauerkraut, walnuts, mushrooms, fresh parsley, and some spices. As you know I don’t eat meat so, I didn’t really have anything to stuff haha, but I just fried it a little bit in a dry pan and my significant other at home said it was delicious, so … thanks, Beth! (I surely recommend to check Beth’s blog, and try making that mulled wine cheesecake!)

We also had a chance to try some new products, and if you are not vegan but vegetarian I recommend their cheese, Cornish Yarg, absolutely amazing and grass-fed, so no suffering here on the moo side of things! I am not vegan but I do care where are my products from, I wouldn’t buy eggs which are not really free-range and I know that Farmdrop eggs are free from suffering!

And good news guys! You can try delicious products by yourself, shop at Farmdrop and use a special discount code ‘ANNMARIQ’ to get £20 discount on your first order! (Minimum spend £50). Isn’t it amazing?

Wrapping it up, take a look at some of the pics from the event. Looks cosy, right? So hyggeligt! (The Little Book of Hygge, I strongly recommend)

 

 

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So cosy and homey
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Decorations
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Meyrovich’s stuffing
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A glass of organic red wine. Someone is addicted to lip balms…

 

Catch you next time, guys.

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Hello!

 

I know, I changed the name again. It’s a bit silly but I think I finally found the best one! The previous one – gone and forgotten.

But this post isn’t about my thoughts regarding blog names. I want to share my Farmdrop experience.

What’s Farmdrop? It’s an online organic food shop. I decided to try them because I am really unsatisfied with the food quality in all the big markets like Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, etc. If I buy tomatoes, they can stay two weeks in the fridge and even mould is not interested in eating them… Not even to mention me. Don’t count my boyfriend in, he eats everything. Friday morning, a lovely van arrived. Perfect time (I was texted the day before what time the driver may arrive, look at the screenshot below), an absolutely lovely deliverer unpacked my shopping, and the van… it was gorgeous! So, first impression? Great. Christmas came early this year, in August, so to speak.

What is more, everything smells extremely fantastic, like from my mum’s garden.  And if it says a bunch of beetroots, it means it’s a very big one. Artichoke? Massive, my friend. The quality is brilliant, I couldn’t ask for more. Will order every week.

Have a look:

 

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I just want you to know, this post isn’t sponsored. I chose to do it because I think healthy habits are extremely important and I am really disappointed with food quality in supermarkets.

If you are interested-> Farmdrop