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Seasonal Foods

Eating healthily every day can sometimes become a slightly dull task. It can often be easy to forget about some of the really great produce available, so knowing what’s in season when can make your daily meals all the more varied and enjoyable. Below are just a few of the foods readily available in October.

 

Kale

Considered to be one of the latest super foods, kale has a variety of benefits and is particularly available around October time. Kale is a good source of vitamins A, K and C, as well as a type of B vitamin that’s good for the brain.              

The most common way to cook kale is to boil it, but kale chips are becoming a more and more popular way to eat the leafy green veg.

 

Apples

One of your five a day, apples provide the usual benefits you’d expect from eating fresh fruit. They’re a good source of fibre, vitamin C and are light on calories too. Eating them fresh is the best way to get the most out of them, and they’re also great in fruit salads, or stewed, too.

Dried fruit can also count towards your five-a-day, and dried apple pieces can be a nice addition to cereals or as a tasty snack.

 

Mackerel

An oily fish, mackerel is a great source of omega-3, and is also a good way to get the vitamin D you need. It is thought that omega-3 could help to prevent heart disease, too.

It can be great eaten with salads and in fish cakes, as well as in risottos and oven baked.

 

Beetroot

Full of antioxidants, the beetroot is perhaps a more forgotten health food. Mainly ready in October time, they’re a brilliant source of fibre, folic acid and potassium.

Beetroot juice is one way in which people enjoy this purple veg, but others use it when making brownies, although it’s much less healthy this way! It’s also great in salads, tarts, chutneys and curries.

 

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/kale-nutrition-and-cooking

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/kale

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/5_health_benefits_of_an_apple?page=2

http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/what-counts-as-five-a-day.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodfood/pages/fish-shellfish.aspx

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/mackerel

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/ingredient-focus-beetroot

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/beetroot

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