Get Cooking With Spring's Seasonal Produce
By Donna Stark
The spring season brings us out of the winter drudgery with so many changes ... there's a shift in wardrobe from winter sweaters to short sleeves, a difference in temperature that allows us to finally open our windows again, and a change in scenery, not only in our flower gardens but also at the local farmers market and grocery store. It's so great to see the bright colors of all the seasonal produce back on the shelves, isn't it?! The oranges, greens, yellows, and reds! And just as we did when we left summer for fall and fall for winter, it's now time to once again start considering new items for our weekly menus.
Superfoods in Spring
No matter the season, Earth always has a way of providing us everything we need to create a healthy diet. And the key to creating the most fabulous menu possible is to use the fruits and vegetables that are seasonally available. Take a look at the stars of spring.
- Artichokes - High in fiber and nutritionally dense, artichokes are a great addition to any menu. They can help lower cholesterol, balance blood pressure, and support brain and bone health.
- Arugula - This peppery green is rich in folic acid, calcium, and Vitamins A, C, and K. It's the perfect base for your delicious spring salads.
- Asparagus - Springtime is known as asparagus season so grab a bunch and start cooking! Asparagus promotes good digestive health, can help lower blood pressure, and may keep you mentally sharp.
- Peas - Peas can come in many different shapes and sizes, but they're all good sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Eat them as a side dish, add them to your pasta, or toss them on top of salads.
- Rhubarb - Don't mistake these for colored celery! The stalks of rhubarb are incredibly tart, loaded with Vitamins A, B, and K, and perfect for pies, jams, and muffins.
- Strawberries - Strawberries are the quintessential fruit of sunnier days, so grab your pint today! They are packed with calcium, fiber, and vitamins and help support optimal heart and brain health.
- Radishes - Full of fiber, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and low in calories, radishes make the perfect crunchy snack! Slice them on top of your salads or eat them whole. And if you don't like their flavor, but want their health benefits, toss them into your smoothie! You will barely taste them.
Change is Good
The change in seasons brings us a change in food, and that offers us the perfect opportunity to try new flavors and recipes. So head on out into the beautiful spring weather and pick up some new produce. Then head back home, open all of your windows, and get cooking!
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