What’s in season: February

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At first glance, eating seasonally may seem simple—you eat foods that are “in season,” or being grown and harvested at the time of the year when you buy and cook them. That’s true, but there’s more to it than just being a trendy food movement.

  • Eating in season tastes better (it’s fresher and more nutritious)
  • It’s easier on your wallet (the relative abundance of the crop usually makes it less expensive).
  • Sustainable and environmental benefits – By eating seasonally, you will also be supporting the local farmers and local markets, which, in turn, works well for the sustainability of the entire economy.

Listed below is a broad range of beautiful vegetables that are available right now. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to skip the peas and corn in the frozen section of the grocery store and pick up one of these seasonal vegetables instead. Of course, what is in season in February will have some variance with your location.

Asparagus

Avocados

Beets

Boy Choy

Broccoli

Brussel Sprouts

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard

Cilantro

Citrus (blood oranges, grapefruit, kumquats, lemons, navel oranges, tangelos/tangerines)

Collards

Dates, Medjool

Dill

Fennel

Garlic

Kale

Leeks

Lettuce

Mushrooms

Mustard

Onions

Passion Fruit

Parsnips

Pears

Peas, Green

Spinach

Sweet Potatoes

Turnips

Rhubarb

* Don’t forget to look back to The Dirty Dozen for which items to splurge for organic and where it’s ok to pass.

LA’s most stylish health foodies to follow right now

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We are loving Racked LA’s list of “LA’s most stylish health foodies to follow right now“, filled with health and wellness tips, fitness routines, and natural beauty secrets. Here are a few of our favorite tips, but we highly suggest checking out the inside scoop from all 9 of these LA’s superfood babes. Note: the most repeated tip mentioned was one of our favorites – warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.

 

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Susanne Hall, creative director of The Chalkboard – Top tip for health food noobs: Start small and get hooked on just one thing that makes you feel good to start – green juice, warm water with lemon every morning, or anything on the menu at Cafe Gratitude!

 

 

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Sophie Jaffe, raw food chef and founder of Philosophie – Favorite healthy snack: Chia seed pudding with my philosophie superfoods inside. It’s instant energy. Or raw chocolate with my Cacao Magic powder!

 

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Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and founder of Glow Bio – Favorite healthy snack: Hands down, my Glowing Green Smoothie from Glow Bio on Melrose. [You can also make this recipe at home, see above image]

 

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Tara Sowlaty, natural foods chef and co-founder of How You Glow – Life-changing beauty product: Vitamin E and lavender oil are my secret weapons, major beautifiers, and healing tools. RMS Beauty’s coconut oil-based Lip2Cheek is a total game-changer because every girl looks good with a rosy lip and cheek.

 

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Barrett Prendergast, chef and founder of Valleybrink Road - Go-to workout: Hike up Bronson Canyon

Metabolism: where do the calories go?

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Ever wonder where do all calories really go??? Only about 20% of the calories we use a day are from physical activity… Change your perspective on feeding your body? Eating healthy, nutritious, whole foods are important for feeding your brain and vital organs.

And on a sidenote, I know this is a female image but the same goes for men!

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