My Five Favorite Foods For Spring

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Food and Nutrition, Health Tips | 0 comments

My Five Favorite Foods For Spring

I can’t believe another month has passed and April is here!  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for Spring!  After this cold and dreary winter Spring can’t get here fast enough.  As I mentioned last month now is a great time to cleanse our bodies, minds and spirits.  Think greens, raw fruits and vegetables and minimal processed foods.

For this month’s Blog I have decided to keep it simple and focus on the food.  Here are my Five Favorite Foods to incorporate into your diet for Spring and Why…

Asparagus

There are two main colors of asparagus – white and green. White asparagus is not a separate variety; it is white because it is grown completely underground so that no chlorophyll develops. Green asparagus, which is either purely green or has green stalks with purple tinged leaves is sold in a range of sizes from very thin pencil asparagus to thick and juicy jumbo size. From a nutritional standpoint asparagus has a lot to offer. It is a good source of vitamin C, thiamin and riboflavin and an excellent source of folate. It also provides protein and fiber. Perhaps most importantly asparagus is high in cancer fighting antioxidants. Try them grilled or roasted.

Peas

Peas are an excellent source of Vitamin K, folic acid, and Vitamin B6, important for combating osteoporosis and atherosclerosis by reducing the buildup of homocysteine molecules. Peas are a good source of other B Vitamins as well, such as thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and niacin (vitamin B3). These help regulate lipid, carbohydrate and protein levels. Peas contain a fair amount of Vitamin C, which is our body’s main antioxidant protection against viruses and diseases, and perhaps even some cancers.  When Spring peas are fresh I like to throw them in my salad for extra crunch and sweetness.

Spinach

Spring is the best time of year to eat spinach, a crop that loves warm days and cold, nearly frosty nights, which bring out its natural sugars. In addition to being a great source of vitamin C and folate, two nutrients that strengthen your immune system and ward off allergies, spinach is also rich in a compound called betaine, which has been found to boost exercise performance. And if you think only carrots can keep your eyesight healthy, think again. Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that may help prevent age-related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness.

Sprouts

Sprouts of all varieties contain the building blocks of life in the form of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and simple sugars. In their early growth state, sprouts are very easy to digest, allowing our bodies to access many wonderful nutrients. Recent research by the American Cancer Society has backed what holistic nutrition has known for years: that sprouts contain anti-cancer properties, high levels of active antioxidants, concentrated amounts of phytochemicals and significant amounts of vitamins A, C and D.

Radishes

Radishes are extremely nutritious! As members of the cruciferous family of vegetables; radishes help our bodies fight cancer and aging. Along with anti-oxidants, radishes contain nearly a third of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C. They are low in fat and calories, and contain small amounts of fiber, iron and even calcium. Don’t forget about the leaves! Radish leaves contain more vitamin C, calcium and protein than radishes themselves. Toss the leaves into a pesto, stir-fry, or your next smoothie.

So there you have it, my five favorite foods for spring. When we eat foods that are local, fresh and in season, we help our bodies achieve balance. We help reduce our cravings and strengthen our immune systems. We help nourish the body with what it really wants and needs. Eating foods that are in season helps us get closer to achieving that optimum state of wellness and after all, isn’t that what we all want to achieve?

 

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