January 30

Winter Blues and Purples

**Seasonal eating tip for Winter**

Traditional Chinese medicine and the Law of the Five Elements adds extra depth to the idea of eating with the seasons and holistic nutrition. One way we can do this is by eating food that is the colour associated with the season we are in. During the Winter we are naturally tuned into the Water element and the colour associated with this element is blue.

Blue foods get their bright hue from anthocyanins, which have been linked with antioxidants and anti-aging properties in the body. 

Blue and purple foods help promote bone health, and have been shown to lower the risk of some cancers, improve memory, and increase urinary-tract health. The main benefit of blue and purple foods is increased circulation and microcirculation. Enjoy compotes made from frozen berries, mouzaskas with layers of yummy aubergine, cauliflower cheese with this wonderful purple variety of cauliflower, roasted purple potatoes and plum crumbles (if you managed to freeze some from the late summer glut. 

Just in case you did here is a crumble topping recipe

Crunchy Granola

This can also be used as a base to make yourself up some snack pots with raisons, chopped apple and almonds/pumpkin seeds. 

2 mugs of oats

1 tbsp of coconut oil

1 tbls of honey (swap for desiccated coconut, nuts, seeds and some cinnamon if you want to be sugar-free)

1 dsp of tahini (optional)

Put it on a baking tray and put in the oven at 180c. After 5 minutes the coconut oil and honey should have melted so now give it a really stir to make sure the oats are covered. Now return to the oven and turn over every 5-10 minutes so it doesn’t burn, for the last 5 mins you can add in almonds or hazelnuts if you want them to be toasted


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