Day 5 - Absolutely delicious: Pear & Rocket Salad.
100% Seasonal. Brimming with Nutrients.
Salads may be considered summer food, but actually you can easily make a fresh winter salad which will do your guts a world of good.
2 large handfuls of rocket salad, 1 pear (cored and thinly sliced), 2 tsp olive oil, juice of ½ lemon, 30g parmesan cheese shavings, freshly ground black pepper. Combine the pear and rocket in a salad mixing bowl. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan shavings. Grind some pepper to taste.
Very much a seasonal vegetable, Rocket is a bitter food, which stimulates digestive juices and thus overall well being. If eaten before or with meals, it can help digestion and reduce bloating and that “full” feeling. Pears are also seasonal, and contain natural fibres and sugars that support your digestion and feed the beneficial bacteria which make up your immune system. Essential for winter protection. Lemon contains essential Vitamin C, olive oil is a great source of energy...
A 50 minute walk in the woods can act as an antidepressant.
The Daily Globe and Mail actually puts it nicely: “Scientists have advanced a wide range of theories about the specific physical and mental benefits nature can provide, ranging from clean air and lack of noise pollution to the apparent immune-boosting effects of a fine mist of 'wood essential oils'. But the most powerful benefits, a new study suggests, may result from the way trees and birds and sunsets gently tug – but never grab – at our attention.”
Call out to your nearest woodland walk today to soak up sunshine (and help your body top up its vital Vitamin D stores) and stretch your legs, open up your lungs and fill them with fresh air; and to open up your heart to the gentle natural beauty of trees.
Handy local walks include: Killruddery in Bray, climb the Sugarloaf, visit Powerscourt Waterfall, walk in the natural beauty of Glendalough, …