Spring is a special time. The cold days are now over, and warm weather has set in. As nature is reborn, now is a good time to work on being fit. And, eating right is one step on the way to being healthy. The following spring fruits and vegetables are not only delicious, but they are also healthy.
Blueberries are readily available from May to October. They are high in antioxidants such as vitamin A, Vitamin C, and vitamin E. Blueberries are also low in calories and rich in dietary fiber. Fiber helps lower cholesterol and promotes digestion.
Strawberries are another fruit that comes into season in the spring. Although they are available all year long, strawberries are at their peak from April to July. They also contain vitamin C which makes them a great source of antioxidants which help to fight cancer and aging. Strawberries also contain vitamin K. Vitamin K and vitamin C are anti-inflammatory. They work to decrease the amount of inflammation in the body. Increases amounts of inflammation have been linked to cancer, diabetes, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. They are rich in folate. Folate helps the body form red blood cells.
In the spring, scallions and Vidalia onions are readily available. Onions are low in calories, high in potassium, and calcium. Onions contain allyl propyl disulphide (APDS) which helps to transport glucose through the body. This helps to lower blood sugar levels. Onions contain quercentin and other flavanoids. Flavanoids are antioxidants. They work to fight free radicals which can cause cancer. They also contain vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Anti-inflammatory agents decrease pain and the intensity of arthritis. They are also fight respiratory infections, and onions are used to treat respiratory symptoms such as asthma.
Spinach is a great spring vegetable. It is packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, folic acid, iron, and fiber. Fiber rich foods like spinach can help a person feel fuller longer, regulate blood sugar levels, and add bulk to stool. Spinach is also packed full of anti-inflammatory agents. Excessive inflammation can lead to cancer and arthritis. Those anti-inflammatory agents are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Spinach contains magnesium which works to lower blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels.
Passion fruit is available from January through July. This tropical fruit is a good source of fiber. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol, add bulk to stool, control blood sugar levels, and help maintain a healthy weight. Passion fruit also contains antioxidants vitamin A and vitamin C.
Green beans can also be added to the list of spring’s healthy vegetables. Green beans contain vitamins K and C, manganese, and beta-carotene. The body uses vitamin K to make blood clot and to help keep bones healthy. Vitamin C boosts the body’s immune system. Green beans are versatile. They can be used as a main dish, a side dish, or added to salads or stews.
This spring focus on being healthier. Start with the health conscious fruits and vegetables listed above.