We all know a carnivore eats meat, a herbivore eats vegetables and an omnivore eats both but the other day my mum walked in saying she was going to try to be a locavore. It seems it’s an American term for shopping and eating only local foods.
A few days later I bumped into an old friend on Cardiff’s Lower Cathedral Road whose New Year resolution was to shop and eat only from local sources for a year to see how it would change his eating habits. The results are changing far more than just his eating habits. He shops more regularly as it is often on foot and involves carrying bags. As the journey on foot is slower and more purposeful he makes sure he never forgets his bag for life and so very proudly has not taken a new plastic bag this year.
Menu planning has become much more important and he finds himself reading lots of food related articles, recipe books and magazines. His cooking is more efficient and creative, he is eating a lot more vegetarian meals, treating meat as a treat. But the best of all is the social aspect, regularly shopping locally on foot he is meeting all sorts of old friends, work colleagues, it is doing wonders for business networking and making new friends. Financially it is probably similar, what he is buying is a little more expensive but the quality more than makes up for it and he is not wasting any food. Plus as the allotments begin to yield he is on a good few promises. He is well and truly becoming a character of the high street!
The Riverside Sunday market in Cardiff is a buzz of creative local suppliers. Standards and quality is high, food miles are low. You follow the seasonal vegetables at their best . I have recently starting juicing regularly. The yield, flavour, smell and colour is so superior from local seasonal vegetables I am in danger of becoming a carrot snob!
Here are a couple of my favourite juices:
- A healthy booster
- 4 carrots
- 2 apples
- 1 celery stick
- An inch or so of ginger
Detox and Vitamin C pick me up:
- 2 raw beetroot
- 1 carrot
- 1 orange
Power and Irons
- 2 small handfuls of spinach
- 4 broccoli florets
- 1 carrot
- 2 apples
- Small bunch of seedless grapes
Each recipe makes about a glass of juice
A year may be too much of a commitment for most of us to become locavores but we can try to be mindful about what and where we buy. Maybe try buying vegetables only from a grocers for a month, there are lots of good ones. Be healthy, be a locavore this Lent!