We’ve had such a busy spell lately and occasionally it takes it’s toll. Sometimes, it doesn’t show until you finally get time to stop and that’s exactly what happened to me! I managed to keep going when I needed to and finally last week, when I hit a quiet spell, I came down with a flu bug. It has left me feeling tired and a bit run down. This is just the time when a boost is needed and I’ve been reading about “superfoods” and “eating the rainbow”.
Our normal diet is pretty healthy and I like to cook using fresh ingredients, but it is time to up the mix as rather than take supplements, I want to get as many vitamins and minerals from the food I eat. I like a colourful looking plate so try and use as many vegetables as possible and as my family will tell, I add “pretty” vegetables like broccoli to almost any meal.
Breakfast is normally a bowl of muesli with yogurt and I have been adding a few spoonfuls of blueberries and raspberries this week.
Fruit is one of my favourite foods and when I get an attack of the munchies, I head to the fruit bowl for a mid morning snack or two. Can’t beat an orange or satsuma when you have a cold for the extra vitamin C.
Lunches are soups, salads or my favourite of wilted spinach or kale with some fried mushrooms and a poached egg on top.
For dinner, stir fried or lightly steamed vegetables are quick to cook when you are not feeling your best.
If you want to eat fruit and vegetables that are as fresh as possible, you can have a go at growing your own.
I wrote earlier about planning the vegetable garden and the plants we plan to grow this year. For those looking to up your superfood intake, Wayfair have produced a handy grow your own guide. It’s a great reference whether you are planning your vegetable plot or are just interested to know the nutritional benefits of each variety.
Download if you want to keep a copy handy to refer to later.
We are already planning to sow broad beans, kale, spinach and garlic straight into the beds this month. It has been so cold and damp that I thought it was a good idea to wait until our heavy clay had drained and the weather had warmed up before doing so. Fingers crossed they will go in this coming weekend.
Blueberries require acidic soil to grow well, so I have a bush growing in a plant pot where it is easier for me to manage the growing conditions. Nothing beats picking a few fresh berries first thing on a late summer morning.
From this list, we’ll also be growing tomatoes, chilli peppers and basil in the greenhouse.
What superfoods are you planning to grow this year?