“April is the cruellest month,” T. S. Eliot once wrote. Clearly, he was a fan of local food. Despite the longer days and slowly warming temperatures, local food stalls are still bare and farmers are only beginning to plant what seems like a depressingly far-off harvest.
That’s why it’s all that much more important to fill your plate with mood-boosting foods, full of omega-3s, vitamin D, and vitamin B. And given that allergists are predicting a worse-than-ever allergy season this year, it wouldn’t hurt to build up your immune defenses, either! Grab your shopping cart and load it up with these food cures to get you through the cruelest month of the year.
Wild-Caught Pacific Sardines
Forget their bad reputation. Sardines are nutritional powerhouses, filled with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, that can be tossed with pasta or subbed for tuna to make a sardine-salad sandwich. Because they’re low in mercury and abundant in the oceans, sardines are among the safest fish you can eat. But if you’ve only experienced the canned filets, you’re missing out. Fresh wild-caught Pacific sardines, the most sustainable, are available right about now behind your local fish counter.