July Seasonal Foods

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Foods that are in season…. July.

Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, kiwi, loganberries, melons, nectarines, peaches, raspberries, redcurrants, strawberries, tomatoes.

Aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, courgettes, cucumber, French beans, garlic, lettuce, mange tout, new potatoes, peas, potatoes, radishes, rocket, runner beans, sage, spinach and water cress.

Clams, cod, crab, dover sole, haddock, halibut, herring, lamb, mackerel, monkfish, pike, plaice, rabbit, salmon, sardines, sea bass and scallops.

Focus on Strawberries…

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C. One serving contains about ½ your vitamin C requirements. They are high in the Antioxidants Lutein and Zeathacins which can help prevent cataracts. Ellagic Acid a Phytonutrient helps prevent collagen destruction. They also have an effect on inflammation levels and have known to be good for heart health. They are as well as being beneficial on inflammation levels, are a medium source of Potassium and can help with the reduction of LDL cholesterol.

They are a good fibre source which is a great option for diabetics as fibre slows the release of sugar into the blood stream. It is also a folate source which is necessary for pregnant women.

Warmed Strawberry Crumpets.

Serves 2.

2 crumpets

50g fat free Greek Yoghurt

75g Strawberries, sliced

25g raspberries

25g blueberries

1 pinch of mixed spice powder

1 tsp. runny honey

Toast the crumpet.

Heat a non-stick pan and add the fruit with a sprinkle of spice and cook for a minute only. Toss until the fruit soft but not mushy.

Top the crumpet with the fruit, then the yoghurt and a drizzle of honey or Agave Syrup.