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Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality

Dec 6, 2023

Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality

Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality with Carotenoids

Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality with Carotenoids

Ever find yourself puzzled over what fresh produce to pick and how to make the most of it? πŸ€” While wandering through the central coast of California farmer’s market this week, I realized a common challenge many of us face: understanding what’s in season and how to use these ingredients creatively.

Seasonal Markets are Amazing for Community

These markets, overflowing with vibrant pomegranates, ripe persimmons, juicy navel oranges, and tangy passion fruit, reflect the abundance available across the country, especially west of the Mississippi. πŸ‚ Isn’t it mesmerizing how these fruits not only blend their colors artistically but also pack a punch with carotenoids? 🌈

Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality

Eating a Vibrant Bowl of Fruit Lifts My Spirit

As a coach, I’ve learned to harness the power of these seasonal treasures. Imagine transforming your Sunday afternoons by adding a fresh fruit platter that not only wards off the ‘Sunday scaries’ but also nourishes your body.

Furthermore, here are some functions of carotenoids:

  1. Photosynthesis Support: Carotenoids play a critical role in the photosynthesis process. They absorb light energy for use in photosynthesis and protect chlorophyll from photo-damage.
  2. Antioxidants: Carotenoids can act as antioxidants. They protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which are harmful byproducts of cell metabolism. Free radicals can lead to oxidative stress, which is associated with various chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
  3. Source of Vitamin A: Some carotenoids, like beta-carotene, can be converted into vitamin A in the human body. Vitamin A is essential for good vision, immune system function, and skin health.
  4. Coloration: Carotenoids are responsible for the red, orange, and yellow colors of many fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers. They also contribute to the color of some birds, insects, fish, and crustaceans.
  5. Cell Signaling and Regulation: Carotenoids are involved in cell growth and communication. They can influence gene expression and may have roles in preventing diseases

References

Crupi P, Faienza MF, Naeem MY, Corbo F, Clodoveo ML, Muraglia M. Overview of the Potential Beneficial Effects of Carotenoids on Consumer Health and Well-Being. Antioxidants (Basel). 2023 May 10;12(5):1069.

Johra FT, Bepari AK, Bristy AT, Reza HM. A Mechanistic Review of Ξ²-Carotene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin in Eye Health and Disease. Antioxidants (Basel). 2020 Oct 26;9(11):1046.

Now you can plan now to do this shopping now to have for your Sunday afternoon.

What if you could easily select and prepare these seasonal delights? Follow along in the blog to hear about what is in season and how I am eating it.

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Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality

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What is in Season?

Santa Barbara Farmer's Market
Santa Barbara Farmer's Market
Santa Barbara Farmer's Market

Here are some delights from our recent visit to the farmer’s market that I made this bowl with. It was a spectacular visit to the farmer’s market. We are most definitely very lucky here in California to have a nearly year-round growing season. There is an abundance that flows through each market cycle that makes it very inspiring to be in the kitchen. I am delighted to know that there are many seasons to come with a lot of variety in each one to explore and be inspired by.

Recipe: Fresh Seasonal (fall) Fruit Bowl

Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality

When I share a recipe on the blog, this is food that we eat every day in our plant-based kitchen. We don’t strive for perfection, we aim for nourishment that can sustain us for the work we feel called to do while on this planet. I encourage you to reinvent and change the recipes to suit your palate and interests. In many ways, these recipes could be thought of as building blocks. Using them helps create a routine in the kitchen that reduces decision fatigue that comes up when planning meals. AND this recipe can make any leftover feel interesting.

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Join me in celebrating the seasons.

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Seasonal Fruit: Eating for Vitality


  • Author: Dr. Siri Chand

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What is in season??!!
Here is what I found this week at the central coast of California farmer’s market. This means these foods are likely to be cheaper and available at markets across the country or at least west of the Mississippi.
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It still amazes me how food can travel far and wide from here.
What’s in this bowl?
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I find it fascinating how beautifully their colors all combine.
AND carotenoids are abundantly present.

Ingredients

  • Pomegranate
  • Persimmon
  • Navel Oranges
  • Passion Fruit


Instructions

Slice into bite size pieces and enjoy!Β 

Notes

This is in season in November and December and somewhat into January.Β 

Keywords: Fruit, Vegan, Fasting, Carotenoids, Pomegranate,

Next, just click on the “Instacart” shopping link in the recipe and the app will let you pick the store and provide as basis for the shopping and ingredient list. It has worked great for us.

ALSO…. if you select the pick up option which you can do on the way home from work, you will even have a small refund on your purchases for your next visit.

To sum up, if are a busy professional, look into Instacart as a way to eat healthier when your schedule is really busy as either a delivery or pick up option.

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Looking to make a positive change in your life and community? Dr. SiriChand is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. Dr. Khalsa has dedicated her career to promoting long-term vitality through the choices we make every day. She is an expert in Ayurveda and plant-based nutrition. She particularly works with physicians to explore how to create time for self-care. Take the first step towards a healthier, happier future, and contact Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa today. In conclusion, let’s create a better world together through mindful living. Study Ayurveda with Dr. Khalsa. Learn more here.

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Dr. Siri Chand 

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May your life be nourished and vital! 

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