I love this time of year, when the days are lengthening, the birds are singing and everything is coming into bloom. It is also a good time to explore some seasonal changes that can give your health a much-needed boost after a long winter.
Tip one: eat some seasonal foods
The season still effects what we eat to some extent. Even though salad is available in the shops all year round, you probably eat less salad in the winter, going instead for hot food more often. But once the weather starts to get warmer salad looks appealing again.
Radishes, watercress, rocket and spring onions are in season at this time and will add a good boost to the nutrition of your diet.
It’s not just salad veg that is good at this time of year, greens such as asparagus, purple sprouting broccoli and spring greens, good sources of folic acid and vitamin K, are all easy to find at this time of year.
Buying seasonally means you can ‘buy british’ , supporting our farmers and using less air miles to get food to our plate, which means the food will be fresher and more nourishing, and hopefully taste better. For example tomatoes are mostly tasteless throughout the winter, but when in season and grown closer to home have much more flavour.
In terms of fruit, rhubarb is a good choice at this time of year. It can be stewed with a small amount of sugar and eaten with yoghurt or on your cereal. It is also great in a pie or crumble.
You may not expect meat and fish to be seasonal but their availability is also affected by the seasons. Lamb and venison are best at this time of year and lots of different fish and seafood such as crab, oysters, cockles, winkles, prawns, sardines, plaice and salmon.
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Tip two: make the most of the extra hour of daylight
With the recent clock change we now have an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. You can make the most of it by going out for a walk or doing something outdoors in the evenings.
It is not so difficult to get out the house as having more daylight gives us an energy boost. I always feel as if I come out of hibernation at this time of year.
Tip three: get some sunshine at lunchtime
With more daylight, there is more opportunity for us to get some sunshine and now is the time of year when we can start producing vitamin D again (from the action of sunlight on skin). It is important to get some time in the sun (without sunscreen) every day. A lunchtime walk will ensure you get this. Make sure you don’t spend more that 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen though.
I hope you enjoy the fresh seasonal foods, extra daylight and getting outdoors more.