Living with diabetes and celiac, I spend a lot of time considering what I eat. I am grateful for all the health and specialty food stores in Victoria that allow me to stock my pantry with items such as sugar-free jam, gluten-free granola bars, sugar-free syrup and gluten-free pasta. These products add some much needed variety to my diet and I am definitely appreciative. However, no matter how much I adore my frozen, buckwheat waffles, gluten-free chocolate cake mix and real-fruit, no-sugar-added popsicles, it is fresh fruits and veggies (the more local the better!) that really get me excited.
In the fall, I become obsessed with apples and squashes from local farm markets. The colours, the smells, the crazy squash shapes…I just can’t get enough. With summer arriving, lately I have been excited about tomatoes and carrots and peas and cherries and…(wait for it)…strawberries. Yes, the local strawberries are ready for eatin’ and they are most definitely worthy of a little extra insulin in the middle of the afternoon. Mmm, strawberries…I can’t imagine a better June treat.