'It's incredible to think about how our way of life has completely evolved throughout the centuries. Even just half a century ago, a 27 year old unmarried woman (yes, me) without kids would have been considered an outlier in society. However, now it is common as many women are choosing to pursue a career-driven path where they can stand on their own two feet before joining forces with another human in holy matrimony. Yet centuries ago this was quite frankly an impossibility, as it was a full time job just to get food on the table! We now see a complete 180 in who we would consider as a societal outlier, and those are the people who can provide for themselves through a "subsistence lifestyle". This way of life is far more common in Alaska than other parts of the country, as we have incredible geographical boundaries that prevent rural villagers from having access to a grocery store. My mom's side of the family, for example, lives in the remote village of Chignik Lagoon on the Aleutian chain. They order groceries once, sometimes twice a year in a massive, well planned out freight order.
Luckily for the vast majority of the first world population, we have access to supermarkets and other resources to obtain our food. One option that not many people take advantage of, are U-Pick farms or farmer's markets. There are massive benefits to hitting up one of these including a higher nutrient content in the food, it simply tastes better, it supports local economies and is way better for the environment. It is also safer for you, as you can directly ask the farmer what type of pesticides or other crop preservatives they use.
Registered Dietitian (RD) Tip of the Day
"Allowing kiddos to pick their own fruit and veggies at a U-Pick Farm involves them in the food prep process. Kiddos may also be more willing to try those veggies since they picked them out of the field and helped wash the produce at home. Assign kiddos to age appropriate tasks in the kitchen, it may help take the stress off you and your spouse at the dinner table as you see your child scoop a serving of veggies onto their plate. Redefine eat the rainbow! Also, it’s National Fruit and Veggies –More Matter this month! Just another reason to get pickin'!"
Salmon, Halibut & Autumn Veggie REcipe
Potatoes get a bad rep due to their high starch content and thus dreaded potential for weight gain. Much like the purple potatoes purple step sister, the beet, these little guys are packed with healthy awesomeness for your body. The crazy Barney-like color of the potato is indicative of it's high antioxidant content, which is also found in other powerhouse foods like pomegranates and blueberries. When you read or hear antioxidant, think immunity boosting and cancer fighting properties. Other science backed fact for you when it comes to the purple potato is that it helps to protect the health and integrity of the capillaries (thereby helping to lower blood pressure) and has significant anti-inflammatory properties. For all you steak and potato guys and gals, this is good news for you as the high saturated fat content in red meat has the opposite affect on your arteries and causes systemic inflammation. Next time you are hankering for a steak, try pairing it with purple or sweet potatoes instead of your typical Yukon Gold. Also, side-note for you Paleo goes, purple potatoes are a "maybe" on whether they are acceptable or not, if you're worried about it then just go with a sweet potato.
Fish & Autumn Veggie Recipe: Keeping it simple
Surprising Health Benefits of Purple Potatoes. (2017, August 17). Retrieved September 06, 2017, from https://dailyhealthpost.com/suprising-health-benefits-of-purple-potatoes/