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Get Healthier With These Spring Foods

By Rachel Carver

The USDA recommends filling half our plate with fruits and vegetables. Protein, whole grains, and dairy should make up the rest. Spring is a great time to start fresh with some new, seasonal foods.

Check out these fruits and vegetables that taste great during the spring season but are outstanding any time of year.

Fresh Pineapple

The sweet tartness of fresh pineapple makes a great addition to salads and smoothies. You can also pack some cut pineapple into a small container for a quick office snack.

This tasty fruit gives you high amounts of Vitamin C, manganese, copper, and fiber. To determine fruit ripeness, squeeze the pineapple near the stem. It should give a little but still be firm.

Fresh Strawberries

Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, antioxidants and flavonoids. From cereal to salads, strawberries taste good in a variety of things this time of year. If you like the flavor but squirm a bit from the texture, blend a couple of strawberries into your favorite smoothie.

Lemons

Lemons are a great source of soluble fiber, which helps with digestion and fullness. The fruit adds a hint of tartness to everything. Squeeze some lemon juice into your water. It also goes great with fish and pasta. Look for smooth and firm lemons to catch them at their peak.

Bananas

A banana is a great post-workout snack. It also tastes great with nut butters and even chocolate. A banana is the star ingredient in many overnight oat recipes.

Bananas give you potassium, folate, and fiber. Choose bananas with smooth skin and no visible bruises. Yellow bananas will need to be eaten quickly, while green bananas can sit on your counter for a few days.

Peas

Peas can be tasty fresh, frozen, or canned. As a sweeter veggie, peas give you magnesium, potassium, and polyphenols. As an added bonus, they are also a good protein source. Add peas to stews and soups. They can also add great flavor to your favorite stir-fry.

Frozen peas will keep well in the freezer. If you buy them fresh, select firm pods.

Asparagus

Asparagus comes packed with fiber, folate, and Vitamin K. Roast this vegetable in the oven with some olive oil. You can also grill it for a few minutes for some extra crunch. Asparagus is a great side for meat and fish options.

The Bottom Line

Get creative. Mix up your meals with some seasonal fruits and veggies to keep you on track with your health and wellness goals. You might find your new spring favorite.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aventura, Fla.

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