Surrogates tend to be pretty mindful when it comes to their diet to begin with, but did you know that choosing seasonal produce is better for you, baby, and the environment? It’s true. Thankfully, here in sunny California, we have a bounty of nutrition-packed fruits and veggies that grow locally, though different varieties become available during different parts of the year.
Why is Seasonal Produce Better for Surrogates?
The word “seasonal” implies that it’s local, meaning it’s generally fresher. That’s important because the longer produce sits around after being picked, the more the flavor and nutrients degrade. It’s not “bad” to eat out-of-season fruits and veggies, but it does taste better and is better for you and the little one when you get it right after it’s grown. When you by local, you’re also supporting your local economy and reducing the impact on the environment because shipping is minimal.
5 Best Types of Summer Produce in Cali
Folic acid is so important in early pregnancy that most multivitamins for women include a recommended daily allowance which coincides with a drop in miscarriage and reduced birth defect risk—400 mcg. A single cup of cooked spinach contains 263mcg of folate, its natural cousin. On top of this, it can help alleviate constipation due to its high fiber content and the calcium helps keep your bones strong. Spinach is also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, protein, iron, and lots more things that are god for you and baby, which is why it often it near the top of super food lists. California’s climate is good for spinach, so it’s in season most months of the year.
Another leafy green super food that’s in season right now is kale. It’s high in vitamin K, which helps with circulation and blood flow. A single cup also contains a full RDA of vitamins A and C, which will keep your immune system stronger, and it has fiber, to ease digestive woes. Like spinach, kale is known for its antioxidant properties.
Even though blackberries and blueberries have similar nutritional content to raspberries, it’s the raspberries which perform better in coastal soil. Occasionally, you can find all three from local commercial growers, though blackberries and blueberries mostly come from home gardens, whereas raspberries are found in abundance. They’re great sources of antioxidants and fiber, promote digestion, and have a good amount of folate.
Fresh local strawberries are available throughout most of the year and have many of the same health benefits as other members of the broader “berry” category. However, the interesting thing here is that strawberries have been linked to better literacy in children. When women consume strawberries during pregnancy, it increases their iodine intake, which experts say impacts the baby’s auditory memory. As a result of meeting dietary guidelines, the children are better readers and spellers later in life.
You’re likely to see fresh cherries during the month of July. They’re fantastic when you have a sweet tooth and come packed with antioxidants and fiber, as well as vitamins A and C. Interestingly, cherries are a natural source of melatonin as well, so they may be able to help you get some rest if you’re struggling to sleep.
Other Fruits and Veggies Surrogates Should Look For
While the produce listed earlier typically falls into a “superfood” category, there are many local fruits and veggies which also qualify or offer major health benefits. As you scan shelves this summer, you’ll likely find some or all of those outlined below with local labeling too.
- Green Beans
- Passion Fruit
- Summer Squash
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