Spring onions don't get much press compared with salad limelight-hoggers such as watercress, spinach and avocado, but the humble scallion is packed with goodies such as vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and calcium - as well as being a good source of betacarotene, antioxidants and fibre. It's low GI, too. Just eight spring onions can provide around half your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, and a fifth of your folate requirements. Cor! You might as well eat the bunch. Just don't stand too close to me afterwards...
Change the frequency
Don't worry if you can't find time for a lengthy workout - a new study from the University of New Hampshire suggests that doing two shorter bouts is more beneficial than a single continuous session. The researchers divided their subjects into two groups - one performed a single 30-minute workout four days a week, while the other did two 15-minute sessions.
After 12 weeks, the groups switched programmes. In both instances, the intermittent training schedule improved maximum aerobic capacity, the time it took to reach exhaustion on a treadmill and high-density lipoproteins more than the continuous one. But if you do opt for briefer but more frequent workouts, make them tougher, too, to really reap the rewards.
Remember Diane Modahl? Well, since quitting the world of athletics (and grappling briefly with the bushtucker trials of I'm A Celebrity...), the former 800m champion has co-founded a sports/beach clothing brand with her husband and former coach Vicente, called Xo2. Apparently, the X stands for 'Xtreme' and the 'o2' for oxygen. (Technically, then, it should be called 'E02' but that does sound rather like something a Teletubby might say...) Talking of tubbies, from what I've seen of the collection, an Olympian body would be a useful asset for showing off pieces like the rather fetching Wavebreak rash vest'n'hotpants combo.
But don't worry if your sprinting is a little under par - I'd say the Xo2 range, which includes miniskirts, bikinis and cotton T-shirts - leans more towards aesthetics than performance. Wavebreak rash vest, £24.95; hot pants with triangle surf bra, £34.95. For stockists, call 0161-292 7134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hip to be square
Lance Armstrong may have retired from competitive cycling but he's kept his hand in - quite literallya by collaborating with Nike Timing to design a series of sports watches. The latest, the Oregon Square Digital, has a 100-hour chronograph, interval timer and data recall function, as well as a hydration alarm and other fancy buttons.
I especially like its waterproof leather strap and scratch-resistant face. The strap comes with a yellow band to represent Armstrong's Live Strong charity, to which Nike will donate a proportion of cash from each sale. Oregon Square Digital, £140, 0870 700 0988 for stockists, or visit nike.com/timing.