As fresh as Spring Time – put colourful clothes on, pick up green vegetables and catch the early sunshine. Hopefully you'll start feeling lighter and brighter! Here are a few more ways to get some spring back in your step with a new Real Food’s Newsletter...
The temperature is rising, the days are getting longer and we are not waking up to the world covered in frost. Spring! We can feel it arriving with the warmer wind outside, but also with the internal energy boost that gives us the impetus to start Spring Cleaning – not only in our kitchen but also our bodies and minds.
The Green Power
The first days of spring are a perfect time to get some greens. It can feel a little too warm for winter soups and heavy stews. Not a fan of plain lettuce? Don’t worry - there are plenty of tasty alternatives around.
Rocket, also known as arugula, is a salad green full of vitamins A and C. It is also a great source of Vitamin K, providing a boost to your bone and brain health. Rocket’s peppery taste is delicious not simply in salads, but also in homemade pestos and pastas. If wild rocket is a bit too strong for you, try our organic Kale – fresh, grown in Scotland and packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates. Great cooked, fried or just raw. Also, don’t forget that March is a great month for cabbage, which is rich in minerals including potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium and is perfect for light Asian-inspired stir-fries.
Spring Kitchen or Body Makeover
It's a popular time to start spring cleaning, follow this link to read our article on natural spring cleaning and for links to some great household products that will help. Some of us are also planning to engage in some spring body cleansing, but this can prove quite a challenge! If you are trying to spring clean your body, don’t be too harsh on yourself and remember that one freshly baked hot cross bun will not ruin all your efforts - plus, you can always make them healthier by using our Vegan Hot Cross Bun recipe!
Drink it away
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated but if you are not a fan of drinking water it can be hard to avoid sugary drinks. If you get your hydration from tea during the winter months, try giving your water a bit of a twist with some crushed basil and mint leaves or a raspberry and lime mix.
Allergy Awareness Week takes place from the 20th to 25th of April and aims to draw attention to the difficulties faced by allergy and intolerance sufferers. Many allergies and intolerances are food related and people often have difficulty finding alternatives to foods that give them health concerns. Here at Real Foods we offer a wide range of free-from products that will keep your meals tasty and nutritious. Why not treat yourself once in a while with these gluten-free cookies?