We talk you through the health benefits of various veg and give you some cooking suggestions too…
Broad beans are especially yummy this month and good for you too. They’re packed with plenty of protein, vitamins A and C, and potassium. Plus, they’re especially high in fibre and iron, and very low in sodium. They’re also full of folate – necessary if you’re pregnant. When the beans are in season, you only need to steam them for five minutes. Only older beans need the skins removing. Here’s what to combine them with for tasty treats this month…
Add foods that are in season to your shopping basket and you’ll find they’re tastier and cheaper. Look out for tenderstem broccoli, which is so soft it hardly requires any cooking – perfect for short-of-time mums.
It’s packed with vitamin C (double the amount found in oranges), folic acid (perfect for mums-to-be and new mums), and it’s a great source of calcium for your little one’s developing bones. It’s also full of disease-fighting antioxidants and nutrients, including those that reduce the risk of cancer.
Celeriac is an autumnal unsung hero. Its odd appearance means it gets overlooked, but peel off the ugly skin and it’s beautiful inside – low in calories with bags of vitamin C, fibre and potassium. It’s yummy taste is a bit celery-ish. It tends to go brown once chopped so use quickly or put in water with lemon juice.
They’re high in vitamin C, D and folic acid (great for pregnant girls) and if you don’t overcook them they taste yummy. Boil them for no more than 8 minutes (or steam for 10) for the best taste. Or try combining your cooked sprouts with some chunks of fried chorizo sausage, or a handful of chopped, toasted hazelnuts and a knob of butter. Delish!
Leeks are the perfect veg for a new-year detox as they’re rich in vitamins and minerals. They’re easy to digest when cooked, so perfect for delicate post-Christmas bellies. Just slice off the root, remove the outer leaves and rinse. Then try these tasty recipes.
Sweet and colourful, the carrot is extremely versatile, and goes great in desserts, puddings and salads. Look for firm carrots without any cracks, and always top and tail each one and wash well before cooking or eating.
Cauliflower might look a bit odd with it’s off-white, brain-like appearance, but it’s a fantastic veg to get into your family’s diet as it’s packed with folate and vitamin C, making it great for mums-to-be, too. Look for cream-coloured heads, and check the leaves are fresh, avoiding any that are dry or yellow. Keep it in the fridge and use within a week of buying.
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