Super Nutritious Spring Foods To Buy Now

March 20, 2018  |  
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Have you been waking up to a few “Chirp Chirps” in the morning? And noticing the sun is sticking around for your 5pm walk with your dog? That’s because spring is around the corner! Time to get your last few fixes of pumpkin spice this and cinnamon apple that. Items inspired by the lighter, brighter time of year will begin influencing menus, as well as what you find stocked on grocery store shelves. It’s easy to fall into a routine of buying the same things at the store, over and over again. But if you do that, you miss out on trying some of the produce that is especially good on a seasonal basis, as well as some that is darn near impossible to find when it’s offseason. And just because cold and flu season is about over, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stock your basket with foods that fortify your body. Here are super nutritious spring foods to try in the next few months.

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Arugula

Stray from regular romaine and make arugula salads. Arugula pairs perfectly with many spring fruits, but it also contains vitamins A and K, as well as folate, chlorophyll, and fiber.

 

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Strawberries

Speaking of the spring fruits that taste delicious in an arugula salad, slice up some strawberries. In season during the spring, these juicy berries contain polyphenols, which boost immunity.

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Beets

This deep rich food is great for circulation and detoxing. Consider adding it to your veggie juices for a refreshing spring beverage.

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Mint

Add mint to your salads or your springtime cocktails. It has powerful antioxidant properties, and acts as a great decongestant for those pesky spring time allergies.

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Red leaf lettuce

This colorful lettuce is high in vitamin k, which makes for strong bones. Have it with some beets and goat cheese for a filling lunch salad.

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Artichokes

Blend it up with cream cheese and make a garden party appetizer dip, grill it and peel the leaves to dip into olive oil, or put its heads into a salad. Artichoke is high in magnesium, which is important for several functions and can help you sleep.

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Radishes

These are some of the easiest produce to grow, so you may want to consider adding radish seeds to your garden this spring. They have great detoxing effects and are loaded with digestion-improving fiber.

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Spinach

Spinach is loaded with iron, which produces the red blood cells that send oxygen to your muscles. Make it the base of your spring salads.

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Asparagus

Try asparagus cold in the spring. It makes a great addition to salads. Or, you can toss it on the grill for outdoor barbecues. It is full of vitamin B and folate, and can help improve your mood.

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Peas

These pretty little veggies are high in fiber, which helps digestion, as well as anti-aging carotenoids. Try some cold pea soup for your spring luncheon or add it to your salads.

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Spring onions

Toss some spring onions on your grilled kebabs or roast them with potatoes. They work wonders for appetite control and might help you get in shape for summer.

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Blueberries

Not only are blueberries full of antioxidants, but they’re also good for your memory. Add them to your fruit salads, smoothies, and salads this spring.

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Rhubarb

This gorgeous sweet vegetable is loaded with catechins, which can fight belly fat. Make jam or crumble filling with it this spring. You can also eat it raw, so long as you remove the leaves.

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Fennel

Fresh sliced fennel, grapefruit wedges, beets, and goat cheese make a delicious salad. Fennel is full of antioxidants, too.

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Morel mushrooms

These sponge-like mushrooms come out in the spring and have a unique nutty, meaty flavor. They’re loaded with Vitamin b, which is great for metabolism.

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