Spring has sprung and with it so have the fruits and veggies! Here is our list of the best spring ingredients to add to your diet to increase everything in your meals from nutrients, aromas and of course our favorite F word… FLAVOR.
Artichokes: Artichokes, we think you mean HEARTichoke, or at least that’s what we like to call them because they are great at helping reduce heart disease! Did you know that one large artichoke contains only 25 calories, no fat and 170 milligrams of potassium.?They are a great source of vitamin C, antioxidants, and boast more than 10 grams of fiber which helps blood glucose and digestive health.
Beets: Alright, alright, we’re a little obsessed with beets for their color alone! I mean, is there anything more beautiful and vibrant than a beautiful bright beet? They offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, help lower cholesterol levels and anti-aging effects. Did you know they contain two especially important carotenoids? Lutein and Zeaxanthin, compounds that are beneficial to eye health!
Blueberries: Consider the following, blueberries are a top source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, manganese and vitamin C. The health benefits include lowering risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Not to mention, they are known for improving memory and cognitive functions!
Peas: Green peas are always a great choice. They have several antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients including vitamins C, E, and K. And have you heard of pea protein? Green peas are a great source of protein and fiber, about 8-10 grams per cup for each!
Asparagus: Regarded as the second-best whole food source of folic acid (number one is orange juice.) We think asparagus are one of Spring’s greatest gifts, and let’s not forget delicious!
Basil: We can’t get enough of fresh basil… you’ll notice we use it any chance we get! Even just as a garnish. But there are so many reasons to love basil. We love it because it’s a great way to add flavor without adding sodium. Basil leaves look vibrant, and the aroma is to die for! By the way, did we forget to mention they are a rich source of vitamin K, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C? Can you say heart healthy?!
This spring, find all of these nutrient packed fruits and veggies on each of our menus from Paleo to Meatless!