Growing your own veggies and fruits can empower you to be able to eat the freshest foods possible. Some of the easiest foods to grow, are also the healthiest! Greens of all kinds, swiss chard, kale, spinach, lettuce are all very easy to grow and can be grown in a bucket. Greens also grow well from spring-early snows. Kale especially, is packed with high levels of plant-based protein and calcium, far better sources than from animals. It helps to lower LDL cholesterol, boost cardiovascular strength, prevents surges in blood sugar levels, and increases your feeling of satiety. It can be eaten raw, lightly sautéed in water, or added in at the end of the cooking process and allowed to just wilt in your favorite sauces.
Other easy summer favorites that grow well in buckets are beets, tomatoes, peppers, and all herbs. My favorite herbaceous summertime herbs are basil and dill. Both herbs brighten up all dishes, and can be added in at the last minute for maximum health and flavor benefits. Woody, perennial herbs like sage and thyme are great to have in the garden as well. They can be cut at the end of the summer, hung upside down to dry, and provide you year-round organic home-grown herbs.
Raw foods help to refresh and hydrate the summer body. This salad is light and refreshing, perfect for summer. It’s great cold, so a perfect do-ahead dish. Learn More