Hooray for Spring and its bounty of light, delicious and healthy foods that we missed so badly through the winter months.
Take advantage of the plentiful healthy fare on offer with these top health-giving foods to get you ready for an energised summer.
Take a leaf out of Popeye’s book and add this humble leaf to whatever you fancy. Wilted, steamed, or baked in a filo case with feta, it’s an earthy favourite that is packed with iron and keeps your skin glowing. You could even add it to a smoothie if you prefer your greens to taste sweeter. It’s a classic in the Great British larder and it is up there on the top of the nutritional chart.
Like broccoli, only far more exotic looking, purple sprouting literally is a purple colour but packed with antioxidants and vitamins this green is a welcome addition to any health-conscious plate. Team with new potatoes and a serving of protein (meat or fish) and you’ve got a nice rounded meal which packs a punch. Throw into some pasta to add some colour or simply serve as a side dish with a drizzle of chilli, sesame, or garlic. The best news about this delicious veg is that it contains sulphoraphane, a phytochemical that is believed to help prevent cancer and provide resistance against heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Said to “rouse the appetite” these peppery little fellas are absolutely packed with vitamin C and add colour and interest to any salad. Believed to have anti-cancer properties, try them in a soup – cold radish and mint soup, or make a fresh noodle salad with them. Great for a barbecue side dish.
Linked to lowering cholesterol levels, rhubarb is great in a bowl by itself or in the classic crumble. Its sharpness complements dishes with oily fish and meat as well – so try something new with this British favourite.
I try to incorporate spinach into one meal every day now. The iron level is just amazing and it's so versatile. I don't know how anyone can't like the flavour, I have it with eggs for breakfast, in wraps with other roast veg for lunch or accompanying that roast lamb dinner Callum and Bradley are craving.
I don't know how anyone can eat rhubarb - I need a decent recipe or something to stop it tasting bitter and inedible!
it's really easy to grow all these food. I don't have a huge garden but am growing spinach in a square foot and have a rhubarb patch which looks after itself. Really - nothing feels healthier than cooking something just minutes after you've picked it from the ground, and it's more nutritious too.
Another vote for lamb dinners rather than expensive fiddly bits of leaves here!
I look forward to spring because of the lamb roast dinners - hold the salad!
such a pain to prepare all these salads though. wish it didnt cost such a fortune when you go to the salad bar in the supermarket.
Radishes - I always forget about them until spring comes around! I love that peppery kick!
yum - I am off to talk to the seedlings in the veg patch to tell them to get a move on!