Pea Shoots Prove Spring Is On Her Way and Safer Food For A Healthier You…

Organic Pea Shoots

Organic Pea Shoots

I just felt a gorgeous tingly feeling of excitement that happens when I start sensing Spring. 
When I feel Autumn arrive, it feels like a sort of whisper, I always describe it like that, Autumn whispers a warning of her presence, Spring announces herself in a happy, sing-song sort of way. 
That’s how it feels for me.  How do you sense the change in seasons? Please tell me that I’m not the only fool who gets all romantic about it?
Seeing glorious fresh bunches of onions with their greens on together with some delightful pea-shoots arrive, is what made me sense Spring today. I’m excited. I might even be missing mosquitoes! 
It is time to start getting some locally grown luscious greens back into our diets. Try the pea-shoots!
It’s probably not quite warm enough to start getting excited about bold, colourful salads but it is warm enough that we can do warm salads, still roast up some of the winter seasonal produce in now and throw in some pea shoots for colour and nutrition. 
Pea shoots  by the way are p acked with *vitamins A, C and folic acid. Lyndel Costain, B.Sc.RD, award winning dietitian and author of Super Nutrients Handbook, says, “Pea Shoots are a nutritious leaf with high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A. A 50g bag of these tasty greens offers more than half of the RDA for vitamin C, a quarter of the RDA for vitamin A and significant amounts of folic acid.”
Other news is that new certified organic produce has arrived this morning from Wensleydale, enjoy the last few weeks or so of Winter’s fruits, apples and clementines will come to an end as we get into Spring.
I had the most gorgeous carrot salad last night, not only just so tasty and delightful but also silly healthy – try it? Simply grate up some organic carrots, some ginger, whisk in a little honey, some fresh juice from half an organic lemon and fresh mint, sea salt and pepper….oh man, I’ve brought some in for lunch today and can’t wait for it. We also made a great yoghurt dip for the Karoo lamb chops, by just adding some chopped fresh garlic, lime juice, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper to Mandy’s greek yoghurt…it was sublime. 

There is still time to get your orders in today before 12pm if you’d like it this afternoon.
I’ve posted up a great article I found this morning from Web Md – a medical doctors opinion on why eating this way – organic, natural, non industrial food from real farms will improve your health. I hope you enjoy it. If you’re new to the real food journey, it will help you understand the context of the chemical food land we’ve been living in and why you need to get the chemicals out of your diet, if you’re on the path, this is a great refresher article about why you’re on the right track.
Have a beautiful day and let me know when you sense Spring arriving in your world, 
Excited About Pea-Shoots and Spring, Debbie

(1) Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the body from free radicals.
(2) Vitamin A from beta-carotene is important for the skin and helps keep the immune system healthy.
(3) Folic acid, known as folate in its natural form, is one of the B-group of vitamins. It is needed to make healthy cells and blood. It is also necessary for the development of the foetus/unborn baby.
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Stay warm, Stay nourished..

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