The locally grown food diet focuses on buying food that is grown or raised within 100 miles of the area in which you live. While this may certainly vary from region to region, there are many foods that can be found at a typical farmer's market. There are also ways to find meats made from locally raised livestock and poultry. There are many advantages to locally grown food. First of all, you'll be supporting your local community which strengthens the economy in the area. Secondly, locally grown foods are more likely to be minimally processed which is better for your body. Here are seven snack ideas that will incorporate local foods you can find in almost any region.
1. Chard Wraps
This is a great snack if you want to go mostly raw and feel great. Take a large chard leaf and garnish with corn oil or coconut oil if you live in a more tropical state. A little bit of local butter is also fine. Fill with chopped cucumbers, lemon juice, and some locally farmed salmon, either smoked or poached. There are salmon farms in many regions, but if there isn't one near you, you can replace with some chicken from the local butcher.
2. Sauteed Mushrooms and Broccoli
The most healthful mushrooms are shitakes, oyster mushrooms, or lion's mane mushrooms. These can be found at many farmer's markets. Cook up a small amount of butter and add water, chopped onions, and chopped garlic. Add course sea salt if you live near the sea or the most unrefined salt you can find from your area as well as local herbs, such as rosemary and basil.
3. Chicken Salad
Go to your local butcher or market for some white meat chicken or mixed white and dark meat. Cook slowly for tenderness and then mix with some lemon juice, rosemary, basil, light mayo or mustard. If you have leftovers from dinner, you'll save even more time. Stir in some chopped cucumbers or onions and make a half sandwich with bread from the local bakery.
4. Fruit Salad
All farmer's markets have a variety of fruits. You can mix these together and add some carbonated water and a bit of honey for sweetness if the fruit isn't sweet enough on its own.
5. Blueberries and Plain Yogurt
Add a little water to the blueberries and heat up for 10 seconds to make a little juice. Add to plain yogurt.
6. Goat Cheese and Salmon on Brown Rice Cakes
Spread some soft goat cheese and smoked salmon onto some brown rice cakes. If rice isn't grown near you, try either multigrain crackers or locally grown bread.
7. Garlic Ice Cream
It may sound a bit unappetizing, but if you live near a warm, dry area, this is a great local snack. Try it once and see if you like it.