It’s a busy time of year but Mother Nature is here to help. Nutritionist Teresa Boyce shares the in-season foods that will keep your energy levels up
When it comes to nutrient-rich berries, we tend to focus on blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, however, all berries, including mulberries, are jam-packed with protective nutrients.
Mulberries are dark, juicy, sweet yet tart, and perfect for the calorie-conscious with just 43 calories per 100g serve. They’re also a great source of vitamin C – just one cup will provide you with 85 per cent of your recommended daily intake.
In addition to being packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, mulberries also contain a powerful phytochemical called resveratrol. This plant compound and antioxidant, which is also found in red wine, has been hitting the headlines in recent years for a wide range of healthy reasons from fighting inflammation and lowering cholesterol to even reducing the impact of ageing. Although it’s typically green in colour, asparagus also comes in purple and white varieties. The versatile veg is a great source of folate, potassium and vitamin K, and is rich in glutathione, a powerful and well-researched antioxidant compound that’s been shown to protect cells from free radical damage and to detoxify the liver.
Asparagus is delicious lightly steamed or raw in salads or chopped up to serve with dips. The delicate vegetable is best kept refrigerated and consumed within two to three days of purchase.