Foods To Eat This Spring
When the final snow melts and our big jackets are no longer needed, it’s safe to say Spring has arrived! Let’s retire the warm flavors of winter for some fresh, light seasonal favorites of Spring! These seasonal foods are perfect for welcoming the warmer weather – see what makes them awesome and some suggested recipes below!
Artichokes are a thistle related to the sunflower. They would bloom into a large purple flower, but the bud is the edible portion of the plant that we cultivate and enjoy. It has a mild flavor with a texture similar to a boiled potato. It has a wonderful quality of taking on the flavors around it. If roasted, artichokes will become slightly sweet. Apart from the unique experience of eating an artichoke, they also supply 28% of your recommended daily value of fiber, great for keeping your digestive system running smoothly, lowering blood sugar & blood pressure levels, preventing inflammation and protecting your heart. You will also enjoy great antioxidants and vitamin K.
It’s high in vitamin K, folate and a variety of antioxidants. There are only 20 calories in 5-6 spears with no fat and very low sodium. It may help fight or protect against certain cancers, including bone, breast, lung and colon cancers. As you can see, there are many motivations to eat more asparagus! It has a succulent, savory taste and is a popular side dish in restaurants and backyard barbecues. It can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways including oven-roasting, grilling, pan-frying, steaming, boiling or blanching!
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Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium. They are a great source of B vitamins, which help you fight off disease and infection. They also give you vitamins C and E, plus natural plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer. On top of their low sugar / high fiber content, they are just plain delicious! Make up some guacamole or add avocado to some smoothies for an extra nutritious and healthy fat that helps for healthy digestion, skin and eyes!
Earthy and delicious! If you have any bad memories of this cruciferous veggie, you might have had an overcooked experience! There are so many ways to enjoy broccoli and just as many reasons to do so! Broccoli is an amazing source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, with 200 mg of potassium in 1 cup and even some plant-based protein! It is great for helping digestion, excellent for your heart, good for your bones and is suspected to attack cancer cells before they begin to metastasize.
Do not fear the stem! Simply trim off the hard exterior and enjoy the soft, tasty and fiber-filled inside!
5.) Fava Beans
Whether you know them as fava beans, broad beans, or just something served with chianti, the time has come to give them a try! These beans come from a soft, green pod like peas, but the bean is tender, sweet, and, well… spring-y! They are perfect for salads and other spring time dishes like pastas, veggie burgers, sautéed greens & more. They can even be marinated then enjoyed on their own! Fava beans have no saturated fat or cholesterol and they are a great source of various nutrients, protein and dietary fiber.
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Some can be sour, others can be sweet. While there are different varieties out there, grapefruits are a juicy burst of flavor that have their own unique tartness somewhere between a lemon and an orange. Whether you enjoy them by themselves or add them to salads, smoothies or salsa, there are many reasons to enjoy this cross between a pomelo and orange! Some amazing benefits of grapefruit in your regular diet is a wallop of vitamins A and C, both excellent antioxidants that prevent damage from free radicals. Grapefruits also carry a great amount of dietary fiber to help with digestion and the vitamin C also fights issues caused by inflammation including arthritis, asthma and heart disease.
7.) Green Peas
Very similar to fava beans, peas are a great source of plant based protein and nutrients. While they are a bit on the starchy side, peas contain a unique array of phytonutrients that provide key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. They also contain a very little amount of fat – about ⅓ gram per cup – but the fats they do contain are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fats are important for brain development, immune system function and blood pressure regulation. You will also find about 15% of your daily recommended amount of protein in 1 cup of cooked peas as well! Peas are convenient because frozen peas carry just as much nutrition as fresh, so you can always have them on hand for a last minute meal. Add peas to pasta, salads, casseroles, rice, dips, potato pancakes, pesto, or on their own Italian style [check the recipe below]!
We know – they are definitely weird looking! But radishes are an underrated member of the Brassica family – a cousin of cabbage. They are incredibly low carb, with just 19 calories per cup. Radishes are firm and crisp with a mild and peppery taste. In radishes you will mainly find vitamin c, folate, fiber, riboflavin and potassium, with less prominent amounts of copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese and calcium. All in all, radishes can regulate blood pressure, relieve congestion, and prevent respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis. They also have antibacterial, antifungal, and detoxifying properties, plus compounds that soothe skin irritations and disorders. Sulforaphane, an important antioxidant, is a proven inhibitor of prostate, colon, breast, ovarian and other cancers. Definitely underrated!
If you’ve ever seen that leafy green with bright pink to red stalks (also available in light green) and wondered what it was, we’re happy to inform you it is rhubarb and it is awesome! It’s stalks are extremely tart but the only edible part of the plant; the leaves are unsafe for consumption. The stalk is prepared and served like a fruit in pies, cobblers, and sauces. Despite being used in sweet recipes, it is packed with minerals, vitamins, organic compounds and other nutrients ideal for a healthier you! These are mainly fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium.
The morel is a type of mushroom that grows in temperate, woodsy forests throughout most regions of the U.S. (minus deserts and the south) between mid-April to early-June. It can be enjoyed just like other mushrooms in sautées, soups, pastas, sauces and more! Morels are low in calories and a great source of fiber, iron and vitamin D. You will also find a small amount of protein and fat – both essential nutrients for good health with protein repairing and building muscle and tissue and fat providing energy while aiding vitamin absorption.
April 5, 2017