Welcome to the month of April! Oh, and welcome to SPRING! Finally! For me, sunshine and the promise of warmer temps sparks my desire to really dive into healthy, fresh foods. During the colder months, it is easy to fall into the trap of eating warm, comforting (and often fattening!) foods….and let’s face it, how many apples, oranges and bananas can you eat all winter long? Luckily for us, spring brings with it the promise of a lot of amazing fruits and vegetables, all of which are beneficial to our health. Today, it’s all about the spring superfoods!
Growing up, my mom would make artichokes from time to time, and it was always a huge deal in our house! Perhaps it was because we would race to see who could make it to the heart fastest, only then to proceed to pour melted garlic butter on top? Yeah…that was probably why. What isn’t good with melted garlic butter on top??
Butter not included, artichokes are definitely a superfood for spring. In a study conducted by the USDA, they were found to contain a very high amount of a type of antioxidant known as phytonutrients. As a result of this, the USDA ranked artichokes as the number one fresh veggie in antioxidant count! The phytonutrients found in artichokes have been shown to have strong positive effects on the liver, and the prevention of liver diseases. As far as other nutrition stats go, one artichoke only contains 25 calories and 170 milligrams of potassium, while also being a great source of vitamin C, folate and magnesium.
This is definitely a favorite in our house, and for good reason! One cup of asparagus provides over 50% of your daily vitamin K requirements, which is a key playing in promoting and protecting bone strength. It is the perfect addition to pastas, omelets and stir-fry, and is great all on its own!
Perhaps one of my favorite foods of all time, strawberries are a wonderful source of vitamin C, which aids your body in collagen building, promoting the appearance of youthful looking skin. These juicy little berries are also low in calories, which makes them the perfect springtime snack or dessert!
With low carb diets being all the rage, many people shy away from starchy vegetables, such as peas. Don’t embrace your carbohydrate friends! Peas are filled with “resistant starch”, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits, and in some studies has even been shown to reduce the size of cancerous tumor cells. It has been suggested that peas with resistant starch might protect against breast cancer, and other malignancies.
they have been shown to have a calming effect on the digestive system by relieving bloating and indigestion.
Eating in season is not only smart for your wallet, since you will be paying a more reasonable price for in-season produce, but it will also ensure you get more bang for your buck. Foods that are in-season contain higher amounts of the nutrients they naturally contain, and taste so much better!
Article by LoziLu blogging partner, Jessica. Find healthy tips at whatwouldjessicaeat.com