Celebrate March being National Nutrition Month by growing fruit and vegetables and cooking nutritional meals with your fresh produce.
Growing your own helps you to eat healthy meals for less, but it also provides physical and mental health benefits too.
Looking after a growing area gives you plenty of fresh air and exercise as well as lots of tasty produce, and you can use it for some solo reflection or to spend time with others. Many enjoy this as a form of eco-therapy and value the escapism of tending to a growing area.
For others, growing provides a welcome distraction from their daily battles with drug and alcohol addiction, and for some it helps them to envisage a new life after homelessness. Designing growing areas, planning what and when to harvest, and discovering new recipes offers a new focus and shows how to have a healthy and nutritional diet on a budget.
It’s not just adults who can benefit growing fresh food either. Children who take part in our growing projects enjoy seeing their hard work digging and sowing transform into fresh produce that they can cook different meals with. They eat vegetables they wouldn’t normally choose, simply because they’ve nurtured them. It’s particularly rewarding for us when they do all this in a growing area that we built!
So, it doesn’t matter if you want to enjoy some exercise in the fresh air, clear your mind or do something different with the children, this National Nutrition Month, grab your trowel and fork to get growing and cooking, to help you live a greener, healthier life.
P.S. Find us on Twitter and let us know what culinary delights you’ve cooked up with your fresh produce. @groundworkherts @gwklutonandbeds @groundworkcandp @groundworkessex @gwknorfolk @gwksuffolk
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