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Welcome to spring

By Jane Clarke

March 15, 2023

Well, almost! Our founder Jane Clarke  made the most of a sunny day recently when she attended a flower workshop and planted this beautiful trough full of tulips. Nourishment for the soul!

Tastes of the season

mediterranean pistou soup

One of the joys of spring is the arrival of seasonal produce in our shops. While supermarkets and greengrocers are facing challenges with stocking some vegetables, there’s still lots of choice to put in your basket. We love watercress, purple sprouting broccoli and spring greens, which are available now and packed with fibre to promote a healthy gut, antioxidant vitamins to reduce disease-causing inflammation, and natural carbohydrates for energy.

We’ve lots of easy and tasty recipes to try on the Nourish website, like this Mediterranean-inspired pistou soup.

Jane’s tip: if you can’t find your favourite veg in the fresh produce aisle, head to the supermarket freezer section. Frozen veg is picked and packed in super-fast time, meaning it often retains more of the precious vitamins than ‘fresh’ produce. It’s often more affordable, too.

Meet our patron, Prue Leith

Prue Leith tour

The wonderful Prue Leith – cookery queen, campaigner for better hospital meals, and patron of Nourish by Jane Clarke – is still touring the country with her Nothing in Moderation stage show. Catch her if you can – there are dates throughout March, with a finale at the London Palladium on 6 April. See here for booking details.

Stay informed on health matters

With a degree in dietetics and a 30-year career as a nutritionist, Jane is a fount of knowledge when it comes to food, health and disease prevention. And she’s always excited by scientific understandings that promise better health for us all. ‘I was so excited by a recent episode of The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4. It explored the role of our T cells in our immune response and Long Covid and shows there has been real progress in understanding how our bodies can fight disease. It’s well worth a listen,' Jane says. You can find the episode here.

We have lots of expert, accessible information on our website to help you navigate nourishment when faced with a health challenge such as cancer, dementia and heart disease. Sharing her expertise from working with patients, with practical advice on how to cope with common problems such as chewing and swallowing difficulties, nausea and loss of appetite, Jane’s tips can help individuals and carers to find comfort and real-life solutions to help ease symptoms and bring some joy to eating again.

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