With summer looming in the near future, it’s almost time for fruit picking and farm stand adventures. I am fortunate enough to live in the Northeast, where rural fields and farmers markets are abundant in the summer and fall. There’s something about being surrounded by nature that makes me feel utterly at peace, especially when there are animals around me, too. I think I could be totally content to live on a large square of land with just some cows and goats to keep my company, and maybe a few chonky cats as well.

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As I’ve said before, it’s always a good idea to shop in season when you can. Not only will it save you money, but it’s also good for the planet! Strawberries are in season in May, which makes me extremely happy. They are one of my favorite fruits- right up there with blueberries and raspberries. Like these other berries, strawberries are full of fiber and antioxidants, on top of just being absolutely delicious. Fresh strawberries sprinkled with sugar is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth, if you’re looking for a healthy dessert alternative. Additionally, they’re a great sweet snack to feed your dog, especially on a hot summer day. Just don’t feed your dog too many, because they’re very high in sugar!

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Another delicious fruit that’s in season is cherries, which are another great source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Additionally, cherries have a high level of melatonin, a hormone that promotes healthy sleep. There have been studies done on men and women that show drinking tart cherry juice can add up to an hour of sleep in your schedule, so if you struggle with insomnia, consider drinking up! Another fun fact: cherries can help reduce post-exercise pain, which is definitely something I’m going to utilize this summer. 

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When I was younger, I used to drink cans of pineapple juice constantly. Although it is very sweet, pineapple is very low in calories, and it has been shown to boost your immune system. As someone who constantly seems to be sick with something, I love boosting my immunity in as many ways as possible- especially with my diet! Thiamin is also very present in pineapple, which aids in energy production and conservation. If you’re not exactly a morning person, consider incorporating some pineapple into your breakfast to give you a zap of energy.

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Moving onto vegetables, zucchini is my favorite veggie that’s currently in season. As a plant-eater, zucchini and squash are some of my favorite hearty staples to include in my diet. There are a number of dishes you can incorporate zucchini into- lasagna, casseroles, muffins, you name it. Zucchini is also packed with nutrients, like fiber and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which improves digestion and reduces constipation. And hey, who doesn’t like a little less constipation in their life? I’ll include a link to zucchini noodles at the bottom of the page, which can easily be prepared vegan.

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Spring peas, or just green peas, as I call them, are one of the healthiest vegetables you can feed your body! Peas are a very low-fat food, and can even lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. I love peas because they’re very easy to prepare, and they make a great side dish with roasted potatoes or mac and cheese. One of my favorite comfort dishes to prepare is the Amy’s dairy-free mac and cheese with a veggie medley on the side, like corn or peas. Fun fact, peas are actually considered legumes, just like peanuts.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about all my favorite crops in season, and if you get the chance, stock up on some goodies at your local farmer’s market!

Zucchini noodles: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/172398/zucchini-noodles/

Sources: https://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month

As of today, summer break is here, and I’m so excited to be home with my friends and family. The only thing I don’t like about the summertime is the weather, ironically. I have annoyingly sensitive skin, and even being outside for ten minutes can make me break out in an itchy rash.

With that being said, I plan on spending a lot of time inside my air-conditioned apartment, working out at the gym and preparing delicious vegan food. I’m also going to be spending a lot of time with my dog, who’s going to make some adorable appearances in this blog!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, Duke is a bit on the chunky side. It’s normal for labs to become overweight easily, because they are very food-driven, so I try to combat this by feeding him the healthiest snacks possible. Duke’s walnut-sized brain can’t tell the difference between a biscuit and a carrot, so it’s a win-win situation.

Carrots are actually my all-time favorite snack to feed Duke. There are many nights where we cuddle together in my twin-sized bed and munch on carrots together, and even though he makes quite a mess, it’s still adorable to watch. For all fruits and veggies you feed your dog, I recommend cutting them into small pieces so your fur baby doesn’t choke. Duke especially likes raw baby carrots, and I usually give them to him to reward him for good behavior. In regards to health benefits, carrots can improve your dog’s dental health, and they’re also an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber!


Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries are also a sweet, healthy snack that you can feed your dog in moderate amounts. Personally, I’ve found that Duke has a slight sensitivity to berries (i.e, colorful diarrhea), so I only really give it to him as a special occasional treat. For his birthday, I sometimes make Duke a little “pupcake” with blueberries in it, and he always licks the plate clean. Aww! Berries are full of antioxidants and fiber, but be careful not to feed your dog too many berries, because the natural sugar count is very high!

Mmm, sour.

If you have a dog with stinky breath, then apples are your new best friend. They’re a cheap treat, they’re very healthy, and they too can help improve your dog’s dental health! Typically, it’s best to cut up slices for your dog, but I sometimes like to just let him take bites of it. I mean, look how freaking cute he is. Along with being a good source of fiber, apples are also a great way to give your dog some vitamin A and C. Just make sure to keep the seeds and core away from your dog, because they can be choking hazards.


Peanut butter isn’t a fruit or a veggie, obviously, but in small amounts, it can be a nice treat for your puppo (especially with fruits or veggies). Duke can sometimes give me a hard time when I’m trying to get out the door, so to distract him, I like to fill a toy with some veggies and a bit of peanut butter. It keeps him busy for a while, and also, it’s a lot healthier than tossing some sugary biscuits to him. Just like for humans, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein for dogs, and it contains heart-healthy fats, too! Side note: make sure you DON’T feed your dog sugar free or “lite” peanut butter, because the chemical sweeteners can be toxic for your dog.


Last but not least, green beans are a healthy veggie alternative that you can feed your dogs as a snack. Green beans are very low in calories, while still remaining filling, to keep your dog satisfied for hours. As with any other treat, make sure you feed them to your dog in small amounts. Duke was certainly pampered today with this taste test, and I’m sure he’s going to snuggle up on my bed and take a nap after we’re finished. Thank you for checking out our article today, and we hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!


Additional reading: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-approved-people-food/

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Spring has sprung, and here in New England, all the adorable little farm stands are starting to put out their newest fresh fruits and veggies. I’m lucky enough to live in an area where I’m surrounded by farmer markets, and trust me, I do enjoy utilizing that! It’s always a good feeling to know that I can help a smaller business, while contributing to a healthier planet at the same time. So what’s in season in April?

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First of all, I’m SUPER excited that rhubarb is back in season. I used to work with a sweet older lady who brought me rhubarb from her garden, and I still have a bag of it sitting in the back of my freezer. My favorite way to eat rhubarb is in the form of a pie or a crisp (or really, any form of a sweet dessert). Rhubarb’s nutritional properties have been shown to improve digestive health, which is definitely something I appreciate as a gassy, constantly bloated person (I eat a lot of soy products, which isn’t exactly great for digestion). If I can somewhat combat that with some delicious rhubarb, then bring it on! (Just don’t eat the leaves, they’re poisonous!).

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Cabbage, spinach and lettuce are also in season in April, which I’m also surprisingly excited about. I just bought a bottle of vegan ranch dressing, and for the first time in months, I am EXCITED about salads. I’ve mentioned spinach before in my monthly “What’s In Season?”, in fact, I’m pretty certain I mentioned it in last month’s post. Like I’ve said before, it’s versatile, extremely healthy, and can be incorporated into every meal of the day. I used to be a spinach hater myself, but the truth is, spinach doesn’t really have much of a flavor once you cook it into a dish. Even if you’re totally against spinach, just try tossing some into your next smoothie or pasta dish. I guarantee the subtle taste won’t even bother you.

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Ah, avocado. I have a complicated relationship with avocado, but ultimately, I think I do like it in small amounts. I don’t need to remind you that avocado pairs great with toast, but if you really want to amp it up, try putting strawberries or everything bagel seasoning on top of your avocado toast. Avocados are loaded with fiber and potassium, so you can feel good about putting it in your body. Bring on the avocado toast!

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One of the things I missed most after becoming vegan was, quite randomly, gravy. There’s just something about gravy that I find absolutely addictive, and trust me- I smothered obscene amounts of it on every savory food possible (poutine, anybody?). Luckily, there is a way to still get my gravy fix as a vegan, and it’s healthier than the real deal too! Mushroom gravy is surprisingly delicious, and the reason I bring it up is because -you guessed it- mushrooms are in season in April. I’ll leave a link to my favorite recipe below, so you can test it out for yourself. I am a picky eater when it comes to mushrooms, because the texture tends to bother me, but this recipe is an exception to that rule.

There are lots of other fruits and veggies fresh in April, but many of them would be repeats from March. Let me know if you try either of the recipes below- I’d love to hear your thoughts! Also, if you know any other recipes I should try, drop those in the comments too.

Rhubarb Crisp! https://vegangela.com/2011/06/28/rhubarb-crumble-ginger-ice-cream/

Vegan Mushroom Gravy: https://simple-veganista.com/vegan-mushroom-gravy/

Source: https://www.lifegate.com/people/lifestyle/beer-climate-change

Pictures: https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/photos/8-poisonous-foods-we-commonly-eat/6-rhubarb

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