Six of the best healthy foods from Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 13:33 07 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 October 2015
Tony Greenway, the unhealthiest of the team, faces his biggest challenge of the New Year so far`
Because I love crisps so much — and because I can eat my own body weight in Doritos — Christmas and New Year is not a good time for me. Well, crisps and snacks are everywhere, and when I see them I have a tendency to eat them and then look around for some more. As a result, I am, pretty much, half man and half jumbo bag of Bombay Mix.
The entire festive season is devoted to eating and drinking, of course, and not in a good way. On Christmas Day in our house, we start early, serving smoked salmon and bucks fizz for breakfast — although not to the kids, obviously.
Then at lunch we move onto the turkey and Christmas pud, washed down with white wine, before slumping in front of The Queen (apologies Your Majesty) and the Bond movie, then falling asleep on the sofa and waking up for more turkey, which this time is presented between two slices of bread. Afterwards there’s Christmas cake, alcohol and Quality Street, not necessarily in that order.
You don’t even want to know about New Year’s Eve, but a red wine-fuelled conga will generally take place at some point in the evening.
Did you spot the recurring theme? Alcohol, roast dinners, stodgy puds, cake and more alcohol. And a conga. It really is time to Detox with a capital D.
In Yorkshire, there are various outlets that can help you on your road back to sobriety and healthy eating. Note these well. You may need them soon...
E Oldroyd and Sons
Rhubarb, says Janet Oldroyd Hulme of forced rhubarb producer E Oldroyd and Sons, isn’t just good for you. It’s really good for you. Used as a medicine in ancient times, it’s a good source of potassium and is high in calcium. Plus it cleans the gut and is full of polyphenols which engulf the pollutants that can cause cell damage — and it may even protect against cancer. Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy, from Sheffield Hallam University’s Biomedical Research Centre, studied Oldroyd’s rhubarb and found that its polyphenols were astronomical. It’s also — as if we need tell you this — tasty and versatile. Oldroyd, by the way, run a mail order service, so you can buy direct.
0113 282 2245
Honey is one of nature’s great healers and soothers. Allan Stonehouse — based on a fruit farm outside Malton — has busy bees producing excellent honey, but with a twist. Allan’s speciality honey includes honey and whisky, honey and ginger, honey and mustard, honey and chilli and honey and garlic — all excellent for fighting colds, I reckon. Found at various Yorkshire farmers markets, too.
I rang Nature’s Trail in the Eccelsall district of Sheffield to find out what their best-selling product was post-Christmas. Cereal bars are big, it turns out, and anything vegetarian (like vegetarian cheese) usually flies out the shop — I blame all that turkey — plus frozen falafel. The shop features a great variety of health foods, vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies including Nature’s Trail’s own brand.
0114 266 5984
Alligator has been a fixture in York since 1972 — so happy 40th birthday for last year, by the way — and was one of the first wholefood stores in the UK. Apart from the fab variety of organic and wholefoods on sale, Alligator’s owner, Steve Heyman, points out that he sells Zotter chocolate. This comes in gorgeous packaging and is both organic and Fairtrade, so just because you’re trying to cut back after the Christmas pig-out doesn’t mean your choc-addiction has to stop entirely. Unusual flavours include olives with lemon, sheep’s milk, soya and green tea, and Arabian dates with mint.
The Organic Pantry
What you need to clear that foggy head is a box of organically grown veg — leeks, caulis, carrots, broccoli, etc, etc. Well, the Organic Pantry, at Newton Kyme, Tadcaster, can provide you with such a box. Its organic fruit and veg box scheme delivers to your door and always uses seasonal produce where possible, grown on the 273 acre St Helens Farm. A good New Year’s resolution, I reckon.
Your Nuts — to which it is tempting to reply ‘and so are you’ — is a healthfood emporium with stores in Holmfirth, Sheffield and Denby Dale. It’s quite a place (or three places, to be exact) and at this time of year Manuka honey is a big seller, along with cod liver oil and echinacea. And nuts, of course.