Have you been struggling to eat properly during this stay home period? Well, food is fuel for the body so any health kick must begin with a good diet. For starters, try incorporating superfoods into your diet. This is the first step towards improving your lifestyle and strengthening your immune system.
Check out WebBeds’ guide to the five best foods this spring that can help kickstart your stay home diet:
Avocados are almost the perfect superfood. These pear-shaped fruit have a rich and creamy texture that feels indulgent, when in fact they are highly nutritious and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. They can improve digestion, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, aid eyesight, and even help the body fight against cancer.
In season almost all year round, avocados are also very versatile. They can be served hot or cold and can even be blended in a smoothie. Avocados also work wonderfully with other healthy ingredients such as smoked salmon, poached eggs or chili.
Must-try dish: Traditional Mexican guacamole
Simply blitz ripe avocados with lime juice, chili, tomato, coriander and a pinch of salt for a delicious dip.
This peppery salad leaf really packs a punch! Not only is it full of flavour, it also contains many nutrients including Vitamins A and C and high levels of beneficial nitrates, which can help to lower blood pressure. Also known as arugula or rucola, rocket is a member of the same family as famously healthy veggies such as broccoli and kale.
In season in spring, rocket is a great alternative to bland lettuce leaves when making a salad. It also livens up sandwiches, can be scattered on top of pizzas, mixed into pasta dishes, or served with any dish as a fresh and exciting side salad.
Must-try dish: Rocket, feta and beetroot salad
Layer up your rocket with sweet beetroot and creamy feta cheese, then dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Chamomile is a fragrant floral ingredient with a rich history. References to the medicinal benefits of these delicate daily-like flowers can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where they were used to treat fever. Chamomile is now believed to help diabetes, aid sleep and relaxation, and can even help prevent the growth of cancer cells.
The blooming of yellow and white chamomile flowers is a sure sign that spring is here. The best way to savour this healthy ingredient is as an herbal infusion, using dried chamomile flowers and hot water. It can also be tossed into salads.
Must-try dish: Chamomile tea
Mix dried chamomile flowers with hot water and leave to infuse. Then add a spoonful of natural honey to taste.
Radishes are a packed full of goodness. These deliciously peppery root vegetables have more Vitamin C than oranges, as well as magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc. This makes them a great option for athletes, and also for anyone who wants to improve their digestion, enhance their complexion and keep their body working well.
In season in late winter and spring, radishes have a vibrant flavour that enlivens any dish. In Europe, smaller pink radishes are often used to spice up a salad, while in Asia, the daikon is a staple of Japanese and Korean dishes.
Must-try dish: Pickled radish
Pickled daikon (or chikin-mu in Korean) is zesty and refreshing – the perfect accompaniment to Korean fried chicken.
Everyone loves strawberries, but did you know that these delicious red fruit are also incredibly healthy? They are a good source of Vitamins C and B9, while also containing manganese and potassium. This means that they can help reduce the risk of heart-related illnesses, regulate blood-sugar levels, and even prevent cancer.
In season in late spring and early summer, strawberries are associated with long, sunny days. They can be used in a variety of recipes, but are best enjoyed on their own (or with a dollop of cream, if you’re feeling indulgent).
Must-try dish: Mixed berry fruit salad
Berries are naturally sweet and wonderfully healthy. Simply mix strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in a bowl – delicious!