Hey Angels and Alphas,
As we all know, spring brings in both a metaphorical and a literal breath of fresh air as the weather starts to warm up after the cold and long winter months (at least in most part of the world.)
Along with that warm weather, the blooming flowers, and the extra outdoor activities, also come in a variety of healthy and delicious foods.
From the in-season produce to the fresh flavors that our taste buds love, light and zingy flavors of spring foods also mimic the entire mood of the season.
And for the people who are looking to lose weight, add muscle, or just generally be healthy, spring offers a lot of new and nutritious opportunities for nutrient-dense diet picks.
Today, we’re here to explore 8 spring foods that you can’t go wrong with adding to your plate, regardless of what your health and fitness goals are.
Asparagus is by far one of the most versatile veggies during the Spring season. They’re budget-friendly and packed with vitamin A that promotes good eyesight, vitamin K to help your bones and ward off heart disease, and insoluble fiber to improve your digestive health.
Simply seasoning some grilled asparagus with some olive oil, salt, and pepper is absolutely delicious. If you’re someone looking for something more dynamic, try this asparagus pea pasta bowl or an asparagus rice bowl with pesto.
Artichokes are sort of a March-May veggie. They turn very soft when you cook them and have this nutty flavor similar to asparagus. They’re also very budget-friendly and are chock-full of vitamins C and K, folate, and antioxidants. All these nutrients actually work together to support your health by lowering bad cholesterol.
Artichokes have a good reputation because of the luscious and yet cheesy spinach and artichoke dip that’s such a healthy and delicious party favorite.
Introducing one of the most budget-friendly veggies out there, carrots have a fiber content that makes them an amazing choice for people looking to manage blood sugar. They’re rich in vitamin A that’s a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that the body can absorb a lot of this nutrient even when the carrots are cooked.
They can be eaten alone, in salads, in desserts, caramelized when cooked, there are just so many options when it comes to carrots. Roasted carrot butter, carrot cake bites, roasted carrot salad, you name it – it’s healthy and delicious.
Yes, eggs aren’t really a spring food per se, but they’re such an amazing protein you can just throw in any spring recipe. Eggs also contain omega-3 fatty acids that boost brain health and lower inflammation, and the healthy fats inside the egg yolk also increase the absorption of healthy vitamins. They’re also abundant in choline, promoting proper cell function and fat metabolism.
Limes are so much more than your favorite margarita addition. They usually start to peak around May, which is later than the other spring foods on this list, but their date can vary on a ton of factors – mainly where you live. Limes are generally an amazing low-calorie flavor booster for any spring recipe you’re cooking up. And they’re also rich in vitamin C, aiding immunity and healthy skin, as well as the well-known citric acid, known to prevent kidney stones like no other.
Rhubarb is a spring veggie that goes for a few dollars a pound depending on where you live… but it’s an undercover nutritional superfood! Thanks to its high levels of calcium and vitamin K, it’s one of the best fruits out there for bone and heart health. Not to mention, its high fiber content does wonders for your digestion.
People usually treat rhubarb like a fruit, but it’s not. It’s naturally sour due to the high malic acid content, but it’s traditionally a great addition to desserts and jams.
When strawberries are in season, they tend to be very budget-friendly. They’re low in calories and sugar when compared to other fruits from their color, and they’re incredibly potent antioxidants. They are also about 90 percent water, supporting your hydration. And with the added potassium and magnesium, they keep your blood pressure in check.
Strawberries can be added to smoothies, salads, desserts, everywhere – even just out the carton. For a few more creative options when incorporating strawberries, you can try oatmeal strawberry pies, chia jams, cashew butter toasts with strawberry salad, and so much more.