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Top 10 foods for a spring health boost

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Being on a budget doesn't mean you can't look after yourself; in fact, if you make sure you buy what's in season then you can eat fresh, healthy foods without eating too much into the bank balance. And keeping a good diet can improve stamina, concentration and general wellbeing. No brainer? We think so. Here's 10 top foods right now for a health boost that will put 'spring' in your step.

1. Asparagus

This super food is just coming into season and is packed with benefits, as well as tasting beautiful with a poached egg oozing over it. Full of potassium, it aids weight loss and is detoxing, whilst its high levels of folate are known to reduce inflammation and prevent cancer.

2. Rhubarb

As the chill starts to fade rhubarb rockets into season, making a great choice for crumbles that are so easy to make and so delicious. What's more, it's full of antioxidants and even calcium to keep your bones healthy.

3. Potatoes!

These starchy but oh-so-amazing miracles aren't always as bad as they're made out to be, and since you can get potatoes all year round they make a great accompaniment to any dish if done the healthy way. They contain vitamin C, potassium, and dietry fibre that keep your bowels in check. Choose white potatoes as they have lower carbs and calories, bake in the oven an bob's your uncle.

4. Lamb

As food prices soar, eating meat in season helps you save money without having to compromise. Lamb isn't nearly as popular as chicken, but it makes a great sunday roast, curry, midweek meal or shephards pie that can easily compete for a place in your shopping trolley.

5. Garlic

Not just for keeping the vampires away, garlic is packed with goodness and flavour that make it essential for the food cupboard. It reduces the risk of cancer for one, but it also adds an instant twist to any dish, and is abundant in spring and summer so cheap to buy.

6. Spring onions

Add a kick to a salad or sandwich with this small but powerful vegetable that helps burn carbs and fight inflammation in the body. A little goes a way when it comes to spring onions, so throw it into the mix when making up your lunch.

7. Mint

This highly distinctive herb is easy to get hold of and brightens up any dish, especially when served with lamb or new potatoes. It helps digestion which is why we traditionally eat them after meals. Alternatively, it makes a great excuse for an after dinner mojito, so buy some fresh and make them yourself for a yummy and *cough* healthy treat.

8. Eggs

Bring out your spring chicken and stock up on these low-fat, high-nutrient treats. Promoting healthy hair and nails as well as providing the necessary minerals to keep your eyes in check, there's more to egg and soldiers than you thought and eating a few a week can make a massive difference to your general wellbeing.

9. Spinach

It's one of those things that can be served with almost anything, and for the vast range of antioxidants, mineral, and vitamins, why not? Try wilting it into a curry, pasta dish or casserole towards the end if you aren't the biggest fan - you'll hardly notice it's there at the time, but you'll notice the difference if you eat it regularly.

10. Peas

The simplest of all vegetables, these cheap and cheerful minions are hard not to love and are so easy to include with your dinner that you have very little excuse not to make at least one of your five-a-day with a small side of greens thrown in the microwave for a few minutes!

Eating on the cheap needn't mean you can't get fresh and tasty ingredients to create a storm in the kitchen, whether you're a budding chef or a egg-on-toast, baked potato kind of person. Whilst eating five-a-day may be a lot, making the effort to include some of the healthier items on the menu throughout the week can make all the difference to your health - so stock up on what's in season and your body will love you for it.




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