It’s springtime in Shanghai and that means warm weather and around 100 events to choose from every weekend! It’s easy to get overwhelmed and end up going event crazy so choose carefully. There are many healthy weekend activities and events such as cooking classes at Sprout Lifestyle, exercise related events and my personal favorite – the food markets.
This weekend I went to the Jiashan Saturday Market and loved it. There is a great variety of stands at the market, offering all sorts of locally prepared artisan foods and drinks. Many of the stands feature healthy foods that can meet a variety of dietary needs. Personally, I am a snacker and need healthy but cravable snacks lying around the house. Markets like the Jiashan Market are the perfect place to get new and tasty items. I purchased some fabulous pesto sauce, pickled vegetables, hummus, eggplant dip and olives. Why buy some of these tasty snacks?
- Olives have monounsaturated fat which has long been part of the Mediterranean diet, linked to lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Olives also have polyphenols. These are phytochemicals known to help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Green olives, which are picked before they ripen, tend to be higher in polyphenols. Olives are also a good source of iron, copper, and vitamin E.
- The chickpeas (garbanzo beans) in the hummus are a great source of many nutrients, especially if you are vegan. Chickpeas have iron, calcium and protein. One cup of chickpeas meets 22 % of our daily need for iron. Adding vitamin C containing foods such as red peppers or lemon juice can increase iron absorption in plant based foods. It is also a very versatile food that can be used in a number of tasty recipes.
The Jiashan Saturday Market is held every 2 weeks. The next market will be on April 22nd, then May 06th; hope to see you there!
Until the next time – Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well – Jessica W. 😉