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SurreyKitchen is celebrating the health benefits of fresh produce in this months IMK.

IMK this August are….

Doughnut nectarines.  A mutation of the popular doughnut peach, a flattened peach with a sunken middle.  The fruits skin is thin and flushed with tones of rouge, ivory and rose.  Its flavour has a rich syrup-like sweetness, unmatched by other white nectarine and peach varieties.  These are from Epsom market.

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Studies have revealed that cherries are unusually rich in health-promoting compounds, which can trim our tummies, help to prevent heart disease, make exercise easier thanks to their pain-fighting capabilities and even improve our sleep.  At just less than 100 calories a serving, you have every reason to buy some this August.

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Runner beans are high in antioxidants and so have several cardiovascular benefits such as improving the level of blood fats.  They also contain omega-3 fatty acid which is again good for your heart.  Trials for anti-inflammatory benefits are ongoing.

And here are some new purchases ready to go in my vegetable boxes

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Mint is rich in nutrients, a good source of manganese, copper and vitamin C. Health research shows that mint can relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, including indigestion and colonic muscle spasms. This is because of its smooth muscle relaxing ability.  Mint is believed to be a potential anti-cancer agent.  Mint is used widely as an anti-microbial oil as it can stop the growth of many different bacteria.

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Oregano means ‘mountain joy’ and was revered as a symbol of happiness by the ancient Greeks and Romans.  It is a medicinal herb that contains vitamins A,C,E and K, as well as fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium.  Often called ‘wild marjoram,’ in Europe it also contains antioxidants for immune system support,  Oregano is thought to be anti fungal and antibacterial as well as having anti-inflammatory properties.  It is useful for upper respiratory infections and has been shown to have cancer fighting effects.

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Kale is King of the super healthy greens.  It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.  Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants like quercetin and kaempferol which have anti-depressant and anti-cancer effects.  It is a fantastic source of vitamin C which serves many vital functions in the body’s cells.  Kale can help lower cholesterol, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and is also one of the worlds best sources of vitamin K which is crucial for blood clotting.  Low in calories this superfood will help you shift the pounds.

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Spinach is another great source of vitamin K, A, C, folic acid, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2.  The benefits of consuming these dark leafy greens include improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.

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Brussels sprouts are surprisingly high in protein for a green vegetable, and just one serving would meet your needs for vitamin C and vitamin K for the day. This vegetable also decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

I also have some beautiful new blue and white kitchen ware.

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Miles has been enjoying his garden this August.

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He remains loyal to his favourite box.  The castle tent is far too childish for his tastes.

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However sometimes a box is just too big even for Miles!

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Unimpressed as usual!

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Miles decides indoor camping with home comforts is much more his style!

 

I would like to say a huge thank you again to Celia at www.figjamandlimecordial.com for August’s IMK fun.

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Wishing you all a very Happy August

Emma xx