Seasonal Soups

      Certified Nutritional Therapist, Maria Zilka, shared why it's a good idea to eat seasonally especially during fall and winter. During winter our bodies are more inactive and focused on staying warm. Seasonal winter vegetables like root vegetables are warming and help to insulate our bodies from the cold. In contrast, during the summer our bodies are more active and must focus on staying cool from the heat. As we transition into the cooler, darker seasons our meals tend to be warmer and more comforting. Nature provides foods that correspond to the seasons providing the nutrients our bodies need at different times of the year.

      ** A health concern related to the change of seasons is Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. The complex carbs in root vegetables like sweet potatoes, yams, beets, parsnips and turnips increase seratonin levels and help to stave off this common seasonal disorder.

      Maria shared three of her favorite seasonal soups. Find the recipes on our recipe page.