About Love the Crunch

Love the Crunch is a celebration of four crunchy salad vegetables – Curvy, refreshing radishes, elegant, crunchy Chinese leaf lettuce (actually a type of cabbage), punchy spring onions and nature’s spoon, crisp celery.

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Vital Crunch

Taste is important. Definitely. Snacking on peppery radishes; sharp spring onions to cut through rich crispy duck; celery is as crucial as onions for the base of a stew (according to Rose Prince of the Daily Telegraph).

Texture is vital too. Just ask Heston Blumenthal’s staff and customers who wore headphones to hear the crunch of their food. Hearing the crunch made them think of their veg as even crunchier. Using all your senses when you eat affects your experience of food – accepting that you might look a bit odd wearing headphones at the dining table, unless you’re alone.

So. No need for microphones or headphones here. Just crunchy fresh refreshing salad veg.
Take a couple of minutes to browse. There are good looking, health giving root juices (you’ll be both when you’ve enjoyed one of these) ; refreshing salads like this radish and citrus Chinese leaf version; lunch aldesko to the envy of your colleagues with a slice of spring onion and feta frittata; and go all out for comfort food – Fenland celery tarte tatin with Parmesan and sage crust… Bloody Mary on the side?

If you’re hungry for more information there’s plenty here about Celery [including Fenland celery] and Radish.

A handful of radishes contains just 5 caloriesmaking them a great healthy snack whether you are dieting or just counting the calories. Radishes can also help dieters reduce portion sizes thanks to the crunch factor. It takes between 10 and 30 minutes for the brain to register the 'I'm full' signal from our stomachs so foods that need chewing, like radishes, slow down eating; this gives our bodies time to communicate the 'stop eating' message, meaning we may eat less and in turn lose weight. In addition, radishes have a lovely peppery flavour, so are ideal as a snack on their own, or with a low fat dip like tomato salsa or a tzatziki made with zero % fat yoghurt if you want to keep calories to a minimum.

Lowri Turner, nutritionist and TV personality