Far from being a cold empty plain, British soils and seas are full of delights over the winter months, as well as there being numerous imported (Fair Trade if possible) goods that are in season in their native countries. Food tends to be naturally heartier and richer to sustain us through the cold weather, but this isn’t at all the same as saying ‘more fattening’.
Vegetables and fruit are filling and low calorie, while game meat can be very lean, especially grass fed varieties which have less saturated fat and more omega 3 oils.
Make spiced Christmas nuts your snack of choice over the festive season instead of vast tins of chocolates, and you’ll be trimmer and fitter post-Xmas than you were before!
Here’s what’s in season in winter:
artichoke, beetroot, black truffles, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, salsify, shallots, swede, turnips, watercress, white truffles, wild mushrooms.
apples, blood oranges, clementines, cranberries, kiwi fruit, lemons, oranges, passion fruit, pears, pineapple, pomegranate, quince, rhubarb, satsumas, tangerines.
almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, cob nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts.
beef, duck, goose, grouse, guinea fowl, hare, lamb, mallard, partridge, pheasant, rabbit, turkey, venison, wood pigeon.
clams, cockles, cod, coley, crab, dab, dover sole, gurnard, haddock, hake, halibut, langoustine, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, mussels, oysters, plaice, pollack, red mullet, scallops, sea bass (wild), sea bream, skate, squid, turbot, winkles.