Three Little Seasonal Foods you Should be Eating Right Now

Here at Little Soap HQ we’re passionate about eating clean, green and in season. So this week we wanted to showcase three little seasonal foods you should be eating right now, along with some creative ways to use them. Enjoy!

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Spinach

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that spinach is a bit of a super food, and it’s in season right now so it really should be on your shopping list! Buy organic if you can, and relish in the fact that helps to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood. Spinach is so rich in iron that it’s often overlooked as a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2 too.

So now you know how great it is, what can you do with it? Here are three recipes you’re going to love:

Juice It!

Spinach is absolutely our favourite ingredient for juice! Just a handful will provide you with ammunition for the day ahead so it makes sense to us! Try these out for size:

Cool Mint

  • Two stalks celery
  • Half a cucumber
  • Two handfuls spinach
  • Three cups mint leaves
  • One cup pineapple
  • Half a lemon

Fruity Kale

  • Two stalks kale
  • One cup spinach
  • One pear
  • Half a lime
  • Three stalks of celery
  • Half a cucumber

Apple cleanser

  • One cucumber
  • One cup parsley
  • One cup spinach
  • Two green apples

Start your day with one of these bad boys and you’ll be full of energy, vitality and super powers!

Watercress

Often overlooked, watercress is in season right now and just begging you to buy it. Organically, of course. And why should watercress be on the menu right now? Rated as the mist nutrient dense vegetable ever, watercress is full of vitamins A, C and K and also contains calcium to support healthy bones and teeth. Not only that but watercress is delicious! This is one of our favourite ways to eat it:

Watercress with avocado

All you need to make this delicious spring salad is:

  • Three cups watercress
  • One apple
  • One avocado
  • One Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • Oene Tbsp. maple syrup
  • One Tbsp. sweet mustard

Simply combine the apple cider vinegar with the maple syrup and mustard and mix well. Then wash and trim the watercress and chop roughly. Peel and grate the apple and combine all together in the bowl with the water cress. Finally, cut the avocado into 1-inch pieces and fold gently in with the salad. Enjoy!

Rhubarb

We don’t rave about rhubarb enough! It’s in season right now and the field variety is so sweet and absolutely moreish. And while we don’t recommend rhubarb crumble every night of the week, it can’t hurt every now and then, can it? Rhubarb is so high in fibre (so great for the digestive system) and Vitamin K for health bone growth- and did you know it’s high in calcium too?

Not only that but rhubarb has some pretty powerful benefits for the skin too. So much so that we’d like to share an edible face mask with you…

Rhubarb mask

Because rhubarb is filled with lutein, it can help to fight against free radicals that can damage your skin, and it also contains a skin supporting-nutrient called silica, which helps to maintain and strengthen your hair, skin and bones. It can help prevent premature skin sagging and dry itching. Perfect!

To make the mask you need:

  • Half a cup fresh strawberries
  • Half a cup fresh mango
  • One raw beetroot, grated
  • One stalk of rhubarb, trimmed
  • Quarter of a cup plain yogurt
To make it, simply add all ingredients to a blender and combine on high for 1-2 minutes or until it becomes a smooth consistency. Apply to the face and neck and allow to soak in for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.