Winter is one of the coldest months but some crops still seem to thrive through the chill to produce an array of tasty vegetables and fruits. These seasonal products are packed with nutritional benefits and can create some delicious meals.
- Brussel sprouts
Rhubarb chutney: this is a simple and tasty condiment that can be served with crackers, naan breads and in sandwiches along with many other items. It is a lovely tart and sweet mixture that you must try making in winter with seasonal rhubarb.
After the cold, long winter months, it can be so welcoming to see the colourful and flavoursome vegetables and fruits begin to harvest in spring. Delicious seasonal ingredients include;
- Spring onions
Asparagus and broad bean lasagne: take advantage of the fresh seasonal asparagus with this vegetable lasagne, it is low fat and a light unique meal, it also provides several of your 5 a day.
I’m sure you know that summer is the best time to switch from trainers to flip-flops, however were you aware that it’s also the best time to switch up your diet? Spending more time outdoors often means your skin is at a slight more risk from the sun compared to the winter months. Problems such as; mineral and vitamin deficiencies, skin sensitivities and dehydration may occur if you are not careful. But there is something that can help! Eat seasonal and local foods. Seasonal foods will be at their best and therefore provide the best nutrients for your body along with keeping hydrated.
Berry yoghurt: a fruity and delicious yoghurt makes a great breakfast or snack or dessert. It is packed full of seasonal berries. You could even freeze berries and use these which will help to save money and also as they thaw they make a tasty juice.
In autumn, there are so many amazing vegetables and fruits, they are great for hearty meals and reflect the beautiful autumnal colours. As well as this they provide plenty of fibre, minerals and vitamins to our diets. Utilise vegetables and fruits like;
- Butternut squash
Butternut squash soup: this soup is perfect for autumn, it will help you get warm from the cold and provides essential nutrients.