8 Super Healthy Spring Fruits
and Vegetables to Make You Look and Feel Your Best!
As winter fades into the promise of early spring, you can start looking forward to fresh, crisp produce that will help you improve your diet. Eating the right balance of fruits and vegetables will help
you look and feel your best.
It’s easy to improve the quality of your diet when there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables, readily available,
bursting with flavor and packed full of nutrition. When you go to your local farmer’s market or grocery, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these eight standouts that will
please your palate and help you maintain the good health that will help you get the most out of the lovely spring weather.
8 Fruits and Vegetables to Help You Feel Your Best
Apricots: One of the first
stone fruits to come into
season and a terrific
source of Vitamins A and C
as well as potassium and
fiber. Apricots are great
eaten out of hand, in desserts and in savory dishes with lamb or pork.
Artichokes: One medium
artichoke has an amazing
7 grams of fiber and 25%
of your RDA for Vitamin C.
They are fun to eat but
beware of dipping the leaves in butter or mayonnaise based sauces, try a squeeze of lemon juice instead if you are
watching your fat intake.
Asparagus: A great source
of folic acid, magnesium,
zinc, Vitamins A, C, E and
K and B6 as well as containing 3 grams of fiber
per cup. Fresh asparagus is great eaten raw or lightly cooked and is a wonderful treat this time of year.Try slicing asparagus spears very
thinly on the diagonal
when adding to salads.
Fennel: The bulbs are delicious in salads, especially when roasted. It provides Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium and 3 grams of fiber per serving. Fennel is used often in Italian and French cuisine.
Radishes: A low calorie crunchy, radishes are an
excellent source of fiber,
Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium. They are terrific, both in salads or eaten raw as a snack.
Rhubarb: Is almost always
used in a dessert with other fruits such as strawberries. Rhubarb has healthy amounts of Vitamins C and K, Calcium,
Potassium and Manganese and fiber and can add nutritional value to sweet
breads and muffins.
These have anti-inflammatory properties
and contain massive amounts of Vitamin K. They have a mild flavor and work well in salads and other dishes. Grilled spring onions are
spectacular and make a great side dish. Spring onions really shine in various Asian cuisines, such as Indian paranthas and Chinese scallion pancakes.
Strawberries: While they
are available year round,
nothing can beat fresh
strawberries in season.
Their juicy goodness is
packed with Vitamin C,
folate, manganese and
fiber. Look for a pick your
own strawberry farm in your area for a fun family activity and then make sure you get enough to freeze for smoothies and other uses throughout the year.
Sugar Snap Peas: Try
munching on raw sugar
snap peas instead of the
more typical baby carrots.
Sugar snap peas contain a
wealth of vitamins and
minerals, including nearly
a full days supply of Vitamin C as well as being a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, Iron and
Manganese. They are also
excellent in stir fries.
The right vitamins and minerals can make all the
difference in the way your
body feels and the way
you feel about your body.
Take advantage of the natural abundance of spring, and savor the fruits and vegetables that can keep your body at its best.
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