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08 Jun, 2015

Our June Shopping List

Take a look at the ingredients that will be on our weekly shopping lists this June. Seasonal food is at its most flavoursome and nutritious, and can enhance any dish! We've also added in a few of our favourite recipes to get you inspired...

Food

Here at The Detox Kitchen we’re big believers that when it comes to food, you should keep it seasonal and keep it local. Eating seasonally simply means eating foods that are harvested at the time that you eat them. These foods not only taste fresher and more vibrant, but they also have significant benefits to your health. An apple picked from British fields at the peak of their harvest will be bursting with vitamins and nutrients, versus an apple picked before it has ripened and travelled across the world before it has reached your plate. These are the ingredients we’ll be adding to our shopping list this June; we’ve also highlighted a few of our favourite recipes to get you inspired!

  1. Berries

Tantalizing fruits like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are perfectly ripe in June. Berries are extremely high in antioxidants and vitamin C, great for your immune system and skin. Enjoy a healthy version of a Wimbledon tradition and add a squeeze of lime, a handful of chopped mint and some crunchy seeds onto your strawberries with a little soy yoghurt.

  1. Basil

During June, fresh basil is vibrant and at its most flavorsome, so make the most of it! Try our Courgetti with Sunflower Seeds and Basil Pesto. The sunflower seed and basil pesto is full of goodness for glowing skin. Sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E and fatty acids, essential for hydrating skin.

  1. Peas, French beans, broad beans and mange-tout

Beans and peas are such a great addition to any salad or stew. These greens contain high levels of B vitamins, which can have positive effects on your nervous system and metabolism. This Chicken, Pearl Barley and Broad Bean Stew is so delicious and all ingredients are in season; a perfect balanced dish for an evening meal.

  1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of our favorite ingredients and should always be on your shopping list this time of year. They are high in antioxidants such as vitamin E and C, which help prevent sun damage, and again spots – ideal for summertime! Why not try our Aubergine stuffed with Cherry Tomatoes and Quinoa for a light and refreshing lunch.

  1. Radish

Radishes add a crunchy texture and peppery taste, great for any summertime salad. They are best known for being a powerful liver detoxifier and are great for your digestive system. Try this Radish, Courgette, Cucumber, Edamame and Cashew Nut Salad as a healthy and delicious lunch option or side salad for a summer BBQ.

  1. Mackerel and sardines

Consuming oily fish like mackerel is hugely important for our skin. We suggest eating 2 portions of fish a week, and try to include for 1 oily fish like salmon. It is high in omega 3 and essential fatty acids that act as a natural moisturizer for your skin and helps prevents heart disease.

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