Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be more delighted with this transition of seasons. Fact: it has been a long and snowy winter. But now the birds are chirping, the sun is out to play later and everyone seems to have a little more pep in their step. This change of weather also means we get to be reacquainted with the seasonal fruits and veggies we’ve lost touch with over the past few months. And it sure is good to see these old friends.
There’s nothing like biting into a seasonal fruit or veggie and having your taste buds flooded with vibrant, fresh flavor. This flavor explosion isn’t the only reason to play favorites with seasonal produce though. There are many benefits to eating seasonally: it reduces your carbon footprint and is better for the environment overall. It’s also good for your wallet as seasonal produce is significantly cheaper. And bonus: it’s better for you! Seasonal foods are fresher, more nutrient-dense and packed with more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Also, if you follow the season you’ll never get bored- Mother Nature’s bounty is a veritable variety pack.
So while you are strolling through your local farmers’ market, or in the produce section of the grocery store, look out for these delicious and nutritious spring fruits and veggies.
1. Dandelion greens
Dandelions are excellent for liver support, weight loss, digestion and cleansing of your blood. Dandelion is a powerful player in the world of springtime detoxification and is #notjustaweed. Spread the word.
A very alkaline food with a high concentration of folate, potassium, iron and vitamins A, K, C and E. If you need another reason to toss it in your next salad, here goes: it is said to be a potent aphrodisiac. Love is in the air!
These funny looking vegetables produce important digestive enzymes and helps to support liver functions and can also protect against harmful effects of alcohol. Big party coming up? Pass the spinach and artichoke dip, please.
One of our favorite greens, arugula is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and packed with minerals and antioxidants. This distinctive peppery green adds a little pizazz to any dish, so it is no wonder the British call it “garden rocket”.
Strawberry season, though short but sweet, is one of our favorites. Nothing compares to a big, juicy and ripe strawberry. They are not only mouth-watering but they are also packed with vitamin C and antioxidants that do wonders for your immune system and help prevent against cardiovascular disease.
Rhubarb is a sure sign of spring fever. It is an excellent source of calcium, reduces blood sugar levels and makes a delicious natural sweetener when cooked.
This juicy and delicious fruit will make you forget that you are actually doing something amazing for your body while satisfying that sweet tooth. Mangos help lower cholesterol, aid in digestion, and are extremely high in Vitamin C. They are also proven to be extremely beneficial for radiant skin: cleansing your pores of impurities and leaving you absolutely glowing.
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