10 Spring Foods to Enjoy this Season

10 Spring Foods to Enjoy this Season

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter, we can go outside again. Beavers run on the grass, the turkeys are out and about. In Western North Carolina, Spring means heavy rains, longer days, many flowers to pick, and healthy munchies to nibble. Some of the most powerful and beneficial fruits and veggies are produced during this season, and the good news is that you can pretty much find them in most stores. Read on below to learn about 10 spring foods that you can enjoy now! 

  1. Spinach

You probably relate spinach to getting stronger or to lots of iron, and you are right. Additionally, it is naturally rich in fiber, magnesium, vitamins A & C. Overall, incorporating more spinach into your diet can help your immune system, vision, and different organs. Try it in salads, egg scrambles, cream of spinach, or wilted as a side to any protein!

  1. Spring Onions

Spring onions get their name because they are harvested early in spring. They contain vitamins A, C, B2, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. They can help reduce oxidative stress, aid digestion, and improve the immune system. Add them to soups, stir fry, or even raw as a snack!

  1. Artichokes

Artichokes are full of folic acid, Vitamin C, K, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Their properties can help lower cholesterol and reduce free radicals. Enjoy the hearts with a homemade balsamic mayo dip, or grill them and add them as a side to your lean meat.

  1. Carrots

Carrots are rich in Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, Calcium, and Vitamin K. They have been known to fight cancer, aging, and maintaining healthy hair and skin. With carrots, options are endless. Juice them, add them to smoothies, soups, and creams. You can also roast them for perfect flavor and texture, and use them as a side dish or as a snack. Of course,  they are delicious raw!

  1. Asparagus

Another spring vegetable rich in vitamin K, B, A, and selenium. It can help with weight loss, improved digestion, and lower blood pressure. Add them to your morning eggs or salmon dinner, and taste the essence of spring.

  1. Mint

Mint is known to help with gastrointestinal problems, and it can also help with allergies due to the rosmarinic acid in the plant. As spring allergies arise, stock up on this powerful herb! Chew the leaves for stomach relief, drink it in tea, use it to infuse your water, and add it to salads.

  1. Mango

Mango contains Vitamins A, C, B6, E, copper, and other essential minerals. Plus, they are mouthwateringly delicious! Cut them up and eat them as they are, or you can also cut up some pineapple, berries, and apples to make a sensational fruit salad.

  1. Fennel

Fennel is high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They can be a natural solution to some respiratory issues. You can eat roasted fennel with parmesan or even raw and thinly sliced in salads.

  1. Peas

Peas are rich in Vitamins C, K, B vitamins, phosphorus, and manganese. The peas season comes and goes quickly, so stock up on the freshest pods while you can! Eat the peas straight out of the pod or add them virtually to any dish for a sweet touch.

  1. Strawberries

With more Vitamin C than oranges, strawberries will keep you healthy and strong. Universally loved, these beautiful-looking berries are high in antioxidants! Enjoy them by themselves, in your favorite dark chocolate dipping sauce, salads, smoothies, healthy desserts, and more.

We hope you enjoy the delicious fruits & vegetables that spring brings. Eating real and healthy food is key in improving and maintaining optimal health. Other tips to support your wellness include daily exercise, chiropractic care, and good mental habits.

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