5 Summer superfoods to boost your health and liven up your plate

Apples are a delicious source of dietary fibre, which helps to aid digestion – making them the perfect nutrition-rich snack this Summer.

Because they contain lots of antioxidants and flavonoids, eating apples could also improve lung function and reduce the risk of respiratory diseases, as well as helping to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

Look out for Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Cripps Red and Cripps Pink.

Pears contain high levels of vitamin C, which is critical for strengthening our immune systems.

The high content of pectin in pears also helps lower cholesterol, while the dietary fibre they contain helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Look out for Packhams Triumph, Forelle, Williams Bon Chretien, and Vermont Beauty varieties.

Did you know?

South African fruit is counter-seasonal and is therefore available when European produce isn’t. South African apples and pears are available from all major UK retailers from April till October.

Beetroot is low in calories, virtually fat free and a great source of fibre.

Search online for ‘beetroot health benefits’ and you will get more than 35 million results.

From heart health and lowering blood pressure, to dietary fibre for gut health and boosting your immune system, it’s safe to say beetroot packs a powerful nutritional punch!

Asparagus is only in season for 8-12 weeks during the Summer and is a great addition to lots of dishes, such as stir-fries and salads.

It’s low in calories but high in essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Visit Veg Power UK for recipe inspo from the likes of Riverford, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Poppy Cooks, Tom Hunt, Tom Aikens and Love British Food.

Avocado is an ancient superfood that’s far more versatile and sustainable than you might imagine.

In fact, it’s so special, June has been named World Avocado Month! 

From hair masks to ‘Foie Guac’, there are lots of ways to enjoy the health benefits of avocado without getting bored or harming the planet.

The water footprint of the avocado is much lower than other fruit and veg that are grown and eaten daily throughout Europe.

It’s also full of vitamins and contains lutein, a carotenoid that promotes skin elasticity, while oleic acid and chlorophyll help reduce redness and inflammation. 

Download your free Avocados In Bloom cookbook from the World Avocado Organisation here for more recipes than you can shake a stick at.

You can also find three superfood recipes, using South African pear, beetroot and avocado, here.

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