What does March say to you? It’s a lovely time of year, when the longer days and that glimmer of sun bring hope and joy. Or maybe you’re starting to plan the annual summer hols this month – sunshine, sea and sand – yes please! For many, the approach of spring is a time to refresh and reinvigorate your home, your body and most importantly, your mind. And what makes a healthy mind? A healthy body of course. And how do we get a healthy body? The stuff we consume plays a vital role, and there’s a whole new raft of spring food on the horizon this month. As the Big Spring Clean approaches, the team at Quattro Foods are contemplating the exciting and fresh seasonal produce that’s making its way slowly but confidently out of the ground and off the trees. As we all take a moment to consider how spring cleaning our diet for the new season can benefit our wellbeing, our food-loving team is happy to share some tips for making a fresh seasonal start.
Get moving and hit ‘reset’
Put a fresh spin on your exercise routine and you’ll feel energised and more inclined to don the lycra gear that’s been gathering dust and get down to your local gym. Maybe you’re planning to lift heavier weights, or to spice up your cardio routine with some Zumba (we love this one) or get peddling in a spin class, or maybe you prefer the thought of some chilled out Pilates (which, by the way, isn’t really chilled out). If the idea of machines or a competitive crew isn’t for you, or an instructor shouting motivational commands turns you right off, get outdoors. Walk briskly around the park. Or not briskly. Just moving and getting fresh air is a brilliant way to re-energise your body and refresh the soul. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change, make it manageable and achievable and you’ll find that exercise (even in its gentlest form) is a great way of giving your body and mind a bit of a spruce-up.
New season, fresh food
As always at Quattro Foods, our minds turn to food. We love the dawn of the new season, and the excitement of what’s coming to our supermarket shelves. Although everything is available year-round on supermarket shelves, seasonal produce bought at the right time is fresher, tastier, cheaper and more sustainable. Enjoy fruit and veg when it is in season – here’s what springs up in spring.
- Peas – especially sugar snap peas
- Sprouting broccoli
- Wild garlic
- Brussels sprouts
- Savoy cabbage
- Spring onions
It’s all go – you’ve decided to get moving, whether at the gym, the pool or in the park, and to think about the delicious fresh fare you’re going to buy in preparation for cooking up a spring storm. Get spring cleaning, get healthy and get happy – and have fun!