After the weeks of attractions with family meals and various festivities, one could imagine that typical winter food consists of polvorones, turrones, foie-gras or any of those calorific delights which were there on our tables. But nothing would be further from the truth (and you know it). So if you want to get back on the track of the healthy Mediterranean diet, and to economise during the uphill slope of January, read on, and fill your larder with the seasonal food which we suggest.
By eating seasonal food, you will be sure that you are providing your organism with varied and healthy nourishment thanks to the ingestion of products of the best freshness and suitability for the time of year.
Your purse will also notice the benefit because, being seasonal products, they are never in scarce supply, and it is not necessary to import them from countries with different climates (so their prices are lower).
When you go to the supermarket this month, don’t stop buying fruit and vegetables. Apart from tasting very good, they will help you to rid your organism of the excess sugars, fats and proteins of the past few weeks.
Among the fruits, you can select khakis, chirimoyas, strawberries, kiwis, lemons, mandarins, apples, oranges, bananas and grapefruits. A cocktail of intense tastes which you can enjoy separately, in shakes, or even in luscious fruit salads.
As for the greens and vegetables, now is the time to make the most of chards, garlic, artichokes, celery, aubergines, broccoli, courgettes, thistles, onions, red cabbages, cauliflowers, endives, escaroles, spinach, peas, broad beans, green beans, lettuces, turnips, cucumber, peppers, leeks, radishes, beetroots, cabbages, tomatoes and carrots. Enough to choose from, isn’t there? Boiled, a la plancha, steamed….
In our INÚU area, which is for adults only, you can participate in free workshops on nutrition (“superfoods”) and on shakes, in which you can learn to make the most of fruits, greens and vegetables in an atmosphere which is both educational and entertaining.
Although it would not be out of place to reduce your intake for a few days (to recover equilibrium), when you select fish and shellfish, these are typical of January: elvers, cod, cockles, sea bream, prawns, carp, Dublin Bay prawns, lobster, whiting, sea bass, mussels, grouper, oysters, pomfret, perch, octopus, salmon, shark, trout and scallops.
And if you prefer meat, don’t hesitate to look for woodcock, capons, pork, suckling pig, quail, rabbit, lamb, bull’s testicles, pheasant, chicken, liver, wild boar, hare, gizzards, duck, partridges, veal, beef and venison.
Eat seasonal products, and return to the habit of a healthy diet, guided by the contributions of Mediterranean cooking. You can then be sure that you will climb the January slope more easily!