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Spring Shopping List

Spring Shopping List

Spring is firmly here and so are the beginnings of the lighter and cooler meals, right?!

I’ve adored the winter foods this year but I couldn’t be happier about the change in season, and therefore a change in our diets too. I wanted to share with you the foods that you should be including this season.

Every season relates to certain organs in our bodies, Spring is all about the gallbladder and liver; this is due to the fact that when functioning properly they both bring vigor and life force to the body, just like the changes you see occurring in nature during Spring. Spring is a time for planning, decision making and bringing ideas to fruition so you want to make sure that you’re keeping your liver and gallbladder as healthy as possible. (I also actually read somewhere that alcohol shouldn’t be drunk between 11pm-1am… Interesting!)

We need to be eating foods that are warm, light and easy to digest that consist of many fresh vegetables and reduce your intake of oily, fried foods and incorporating the following Vitamins: Vitamin A to keep our skin glowing, eyes sparkling and bones strong. Vitamin B to keep our nerve and blood cells happy. Vitamin C to boost the immune system.Vitamin D because we’re still not getting quite enough sunlight and we need it to prevent skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis, autoimmune diseases and weakened immune systems. Vitamin E keeps your nails and skin looking great. Omega-3 Fatty Acids to boost your mood and improve your mental focus.Protein because every cell in our body contains protein, so its necessary to make new ones. Folate (and Vitamin B12) helps to create red blood cellsSelenium is important for reproduction and healthy function of the thyroid gland.

Meat/Fish

Halibut (Omega 3, Vitamin B)
Brown crab (Omega 3, protein)
Haddock (Protein, Vitamin B)
Cod (Vitamin B12, Protein, Selenium)
Plaice (Protein)
Beef (Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin B12)
Chicken (Protein)
Lamb (rich in B Vitamins, Zinc)

Vegetables

Purple sprouting broccoli (Folic Acid, Calcium, Vitamins A & C)
Kale (Fibre)
Artichokes (Fibre, Vitamin C, Folate, Lowers Cholesterol)
Beetroot (Vitamin C, Magnesium, Iron, Copper)
Garden peas (Vitamins C, E & K and Antioxidant Mineral Zinc)
Radishes (fibre, Vitamin C, Folic acid)
Asparagus (Fibre, Potassium, Vitamin C, Folic Acid)
Cauliflower (Vitamins B6, C & K, Magnesium, Potassium)

Grains

Buckwheat (Fibre, Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Pressure)
Quinoa (Protein)
Corn (Antioxidant)
Black Barley (Fibre, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin B6)
Rye (Fibre)

Legumes

Lentils (Stabalises Blood Sugar Levels, Protein)
Black Beans (Potassium, Folate)
Kidney Beans (Protein)
Miso (Probiotics, Copper, Vitamin K)
White Beans (Fibre, Antioxidants)
Bean Sprouts (Vitamins A, B, C, D, E & K)

Berries

Blueberries & Strawberries (Vitamin C, antioxidants, fibre)

Herbs

Basil (vitamin K, beta carotene)
Turmeric (Anti-Inflammatory)
Cardamom (Supports Digestion)

As the days begin to get hotter remember to always stay hydrated. They say as soon as you’re thirsty you are actually already dehydrated, so it’s best to keep water on you at all times and sip little and often!


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