7 ways to eat yourself healthy in spring

By
Hannah Koelmeyer
Added
08 October, 2014

After months of huddling away in the dark depths of winter eating all of the potatoes, let yourself be seduced by the light fresh promises of springtime. Sunshine! Vegetables! Salads! Fresh fruit! We look at the most enjoyable ways to eat healthy in spring. 

1. Start making salads again


With the need for wintery comfort foods dissipating, it’s time to crack out the salads. Louise Fulton Keats’ red quinoa and chicken salad is a perfect way to transition back into lighter eating: it’s packed full of ingredients with really high nutritional value, it’s substantial enough to make a great dinner and it’s a riot of colour to boot.

2. Go green


Some of our finest greens are having their moment right now – asparagus, broad beans, and Asian greens like bok choy, pak choy and choy sum. Daniel Wilson’s salad of asparagus, broccolini, beans & sesame ginger dressing is a killer way to make the most of sweet in-season greens and it can be thrown together in no time. (The dressing works a treat with other salads, too.)

3. Spice things up


Chilli is known to speed up your metabolism, so embrace the heat! Leanne Kitchen and Antony Suvalko’s hot and numbing eggplant will take your breath away. Literally.

4. Break out the steamers


Spring is all about young, new-season produce, so it really is the time to let your ingredients speak for themselves. Steaming is fast and easy, and it’s one of the best cooking methods for retaining the goodness (from both a health and flavour point of view). We don’t want to overstate things, but Martin Boetz’s steamed pipi salad with basil and chilli might just change your life.

5. Make your own lunches


Now the days are getting longer and warmer, it’s easier to drag yourself out of bed 10 minutes earlier to whip up something awesome to take to work for lunch. Try Dale Pinnock’s creamy egg and rye decker with wild rocket for a satisfying workday pick-me-up.

6. Drink your winter blues away


A fruit smoothie makes a fantastic healthy start to the day, and with blueberries in season, you need look no further than Izy Hossack’s blueberry smoothie (you can even add spinach if you’re really hardcore).

7. ICE CREAM!


Well, sorbet, but still: delicious frozen treats. Did you know that you can just whizz up fruit in a blender, throw it in an ice-cream maker and you have sorbet? Try this with some mango and it will blow your mind. Andy Harris makes his pomegranate sorbet with just three ingredients and no added sugar.


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