Eating with the seasons is something we nutritionists talk about all the time! However, whilst we know this to be the best time to eat foods, and as nature intended, we do get used to eating what we want all year-round.
It’s easy to forget, or not even realise now what’s in season and when. So, here’s a helpful reminder from Clinical Nutritionist, Suzie Sawyer as to what is in season right now.
Whilst this vegetable provides plenty of nutrients, asparagus is really worth eating when in season and grown in the UK. For the rest of the year, it often has a woodier and string-like texture. This is also the reason that you tend to see asparagus on restaurant menus much more during May, but the season is short, so grab some quickly.
Asparagus is especially rich in folate, which is important for many different functions throughout the body including red blood cell formation. Folate is rich in most green vegetables and including as much of this nutrient in your diet as possible is the way to go!
Asparagus is also a mild diuretic meaning it’s great if you struggle with water retention, especially ladies with PMS.
Enjoy it’s taste, texture, and health benefits this May!
Radishes are part of the super-healthy cruciferous vegetable family. They are rich in antioxidant minerals such as calcium and potassium which together help lower blood pressure and contribute to reducing risk of many diseases.
Radishes are often popular with dieters as a snack because they are low in calories and fat and have a really delicious peppery taste. They are also great with a plate of crudites and hummus or in an easy summer salad. If you’ve not ventured to trying them yet, make this month the time!
If you can find some locally to you, you’ll be well rewarded with its taste, texture, and nutritional goodness. Generally, you’ll need to go to the fresh fishmonger’s outlet to find the wild sea trout. It will be pinker in colour than the farmed variety, because wild trout and, indeed, salmon, naturally eat the algae, astaxanthin, which turns them pink, but also provides amazing antioxidants.
Trout is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for overall health, especially the brain, heart, joints, eyes, hormones, and skin. Sea trout is delicious barbecued or simply grilled with a little butter.
If you’re struggling with allergies right now, then eating some spring onions could really help. Onions contain a flavonoid called quercetin which works as a natural antihistamine in the body. Onions also provide benefits to the heart, helping reduce cholesterol levels and keeping blood thin, reducing risk of blockages in the arteries.
Enjoy them in a potato salad, in fish dishes or stir fries. They’re the perfect ‘easy’ vegetable to rev up your health.
Another peppery-tasting salad vegetable, this member of the cruciferous vegetable family is equally nutritious. Watercress is a rich source of folate and is great for liver detoxification. It also helps to support kidney function, so you can really uprate the health benefits by adding this to salads and sandwich fillings.
In addition, watercress is rich in immune-boosting beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. It’s definitely a summer vegetable to enjoy, so grab some whilst you can when it’s crisp, fresh, tasty, and nutritious.
Seasonal eating is always best when it comes to flavour and nutritional content. Try to reward the body as much as possible by eating with the seasons this May and indeed throughout the year.
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