Five foods for April

If you ate all the sweet treats you could over the Easter weekend, don’t give up on your healthy lifestyle just yet!

Get back on track with these 5 nutritious foods in the month of April. Not only do fruits and vegetables provide fibre in our diets, they also provide a host of other nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and strong.

1. Artichokes

These lovely vegetables contain some Vit C as well as folic acid and can be eaten as a regular veggie or saved for a few special occasions. Take a look here for some tips and ideas.

Artichoke Recipes

2. Leeks

Leeks give a mild flavour and pretty colour to dishes without much effort from your part. Add them in decent amounts to your cooked breakfasts, lunches or dinners – apparently, we tend to savour food that has more of a sharp taste or bite, leading us to eat slower and so consume a balanced portion instead of eating as much as we can as fast as we can.

 Roasted Carrot Leek Soup

3. Pears

These autumn fruits are a source of dietary fibre and copper, are juicy and sweet and are perfect as a snack, added into smoothies, sliced into salads or onto pizzas or poached for dessert. Seasonal Packham pears have a green skin which becomes yellow as the fruit ripens.

Pear crepes

4. Apples

Apples are so much more versatile than just being a snack, but they do that job pretty well too, giving you fibre, energy and Vit C! Blended, baked, steamed, sliced, grated, poached, you name it, apples have found their way into many dishes to add a sweet flavour and firm texture. Keep the skin on and you’ll add extra fibre.

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad.

5. Broccoli

This veg is a source of iron and Vit C, so it’s perfect in the lead up to winter to keep immune systems strong. Eat it raw as a snack with some hummus, steam it and serve it with fish or lamb, remove the stems and finely chop the heads into small pieces to mix into a stirfry or salad or roast in the oven with some red pepper, butternut and mushrooms.

Grilled Broccoli with Chipotle Lime Butter

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