January is the the time when most of us are feeling bloated and sluggish from the recent festivities, when the gym is suddenly busier and the pubs quieter as we all try hard to keep to ‘dry-anuary’. It is therefore the perfect time to look at how and what we eat and make a small change that our bodies will thank us for as the year goes on.
One of the best ways to eat more healthily is to stick to the seasons and eat seasonably and locally. By eating what is in season right now, you are getting your fruit and veg at their peak season and taste. Produce will also be cheaper due to the fact that they are readily grown and not having to be forced or imported. You will also be doing your bit for the environment as growing fruit and veg in season requires lower levels of lighting, heating and fertilisers, making for a lower environmental impact overall. Shopping locally and eating seasonably from our local producers is also a great way to support the Island’ rural economy and its sustainability.
So what to eat for January? Well many of the leafy green vegetable are at their peak now. Think spring greens, green cabbage and curly kale- packed full of iron it is ideal in heart warming stews and casseroles. Hanging on from Christmas, parsnips and carrots are still at their very best. For a twist you could make a carrot cake or juice them down and add them to apple juice for a healthy kick.
Being an Island and surrounded by water we should take advantage of the seafood available right on our doorstep. This is the perfect time for mussels, clams, oysters and cockles. Try them in a soup, a seafood chowder or seafood tagliatelle. For meat lovers, it is the season for pheasant and venison. Try the latter in a goulash or even a chilli.
So why not make this years resolution one that will change your diet and the environment for the better!