It's at this time of year when the temperature rises and the evenings stay lighter for longer that we want to sink our teeth into a fresh, crispy and juicy salad.
By eating healthier, we feel better on the inside and out. But did you know that a few simple changes to how you prepare your meal can make a huge difference to how healthy it is?
A new infographic highlights over 15 simple but effective hacks which will ensure your dishes are packed with and retain as many nutrients as possible.
The chart by health and organic food shop Goodness Direct is divided into 'fruit and vegetable', 'salad' and 'flavour'. In the first section it suggests that microwaving or steaming vegetables causes less vitamin loss than boiling vegetables and rinsing fresh produce is better than soaking them which can decrease nutrient content.
Under 'salads' it recommends tearing lettuce leaves before you store them to get the maximum amount of antioxidants and in 'flavour' it advises leaving garlic for 10 minutes after chopping it to unleash maximum flavour.
There are plenty more suggestions to adopt into your daily cooking routine.
Print this infographic and pin it to your fridge for a little reminder of easy ways to ensure you are getting maximum nutritional value from your meals.