This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Crystal Light Pure Fitness.Summer isn't my favorite season only because of the longer days, trips to the beach and runs without layer upon layer of clothing. It is also my favorite season because of farm stands and farmer's markets and their promise of fresh vegetables and fruits.
Blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, string beans, arugula. When it is locally grown and newly picked, I'm a sucker for it all. Fortunately, there's a farm stand about two miles from my house and from mid-June on, I can stop in and know that I am going to be able to pick up something yummy. There is also a wonderful farmer's market in my area every Saturday. Dozens of local farmers set up their stands and sell whatever is in season. They are joined by bakers, honey makers, and young up-starts with small lines of nut butters, salsas and pestos.
I enjoy filling my kitchen with natural foods and since I've become a mother I've also become more concerned with what I feed my family. Yes, I paid some attention to ingredients when it was just my husband and me that I cooked for. But I really started caring when I was pregnant for the first time. Then, what went into my body became of critical importance. You might even say I obsessed. Over the past three years I've learned to chill out and I like to think that I'm now more-or-less able to feed my family well but not go nuts. Or, at least, not too nuts.
So I stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmer's markets. I buy local honey and maple syrup and use those to sweeten foods when it makes sense. I read food labels and try to stick to natural ingredients whose names I recognize. I make my own smoothies, bake cakes and cookies from scratch, try to consume natural foods as much as possible. And I feel better doing it.
I try to make sure to involve my son when I cook and bake, because I feel that understanding how food is made, and helping with the process will instill good, healthy eating habits.
There are few things that I can control in this world and having some small bit of control over what my family eats makes me feel better. Choosing natural foods is one way that I can do that.
OK, you read at the beginning that this post is one in my month-long series for Crystal Light: Pure Fitness. This week, the question for you is: What natural foods and drinks do you consume that are good for you? I've shared my love for the local, fresh fruits and veggies from my farmer's market and now it is your turn!
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