It’s one of my daughter’s favourite activities: having a picnic.
It doesn’t really matter where – in the park, the garden, or even in front of the TV on cold winter days. Because what’s more leisurely than lounging around with a variety of foods you can eat with your hands?
Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to round up some outdoor-friendly recipes that are easy to pack up. Some days a simple sandwich with snacks and refreshments will do just fine. But if you’re looking for something special to turn a sunny afternoon in the park into a mini vacation, check out these 14 vibrant dishes and drinks!
After those grey winter days, there’s nothing better than feeling the sun of your face and enjoying new life: brightly colored tulips, blossoming trees, ducklings in the pond and vibrantly fresh fruit and veggies.
Spring vegetables are bursting with vitality and nutrients. Leafy greens like baby spinach, Swiss chard and watercress are packed with vitamin C and chlorofyll, the powerful green pigment in plants that allows them to convert sunlight into energy. Watercress even ranks number one on the list of most nutrient-dense foods.
But don’t underestimate the nutritional power of spring veggies such as peas, leeks, asparagus, radishes and rhubarb! Each of these seasonal favourites turns out to be an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants and disease-fighting phytonutrients. Fennel even is traditionally used to help with digestive problems, while artichoke and dandelion support liver health and your body’s natural detoxification process.
Plenty of reasons to get your daily doses of greens in! Have a look at these 19 fresh, colourful and vibrant recipes to enjoy more spring vegetables all day long.
Gone are the days when salads were mere side dishes made from iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. Although there’s nothing wrong with a good, classic Greek salad, there are so many more and delicious ways to enjoy the abundance of spring and summer produce.
Making a satisfying salad can be as simple as tossing leafy greens in a bowl with a homemade dressing, (leftover) veggies and toppings such as roasted pine nuts, crumbled feta or turkey breast. But the food bloggers listed below show that you can also use more unexpected vegetables, herbs and other fresh ingredients in your summery salad.
Try one of these 10 surprising salads for a little sunshine on your plate!
Your mother, doctor and diet books have all been saying it for years: eat your vegetables.
We all know that greens are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that boost our health. Research has linked eating plenty of vegetables to a lowered risk for heart disease and cancer, better weight management and even happiness.
But often a busy work – and social life get in the way of eating those five servings a day. Not to mention that eating 200 grams of vegetables on a daily basis can seem like a lot to chew on.
And it’s not just you. Studies have shown that only 1 out of 10 British and American adults eat the recommended amount of veggies a day.
So how can you add more green to your diet?
These 40 delicious ideas will show you how you can easily slip in more vegetables, even on days when you have little time to cook.