In the same way that we adjust our skin care seasonally, it is important to adjust our diets.
Spring ushers in warmer weather and a new crop of produce. It offers us a moment to do a little spring cleaning internally. Our nutritionist gives us some great suggestions for this mild season.
It is important to eat in sync with the seasons for a variety of reasons. The first is that we are giving our bodies the freshest, tastiest, and most nutritious foods available at any given time. Seasonal eating lends itself to exploring and trying new nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. And lastly foods that are in season are the most affordable, supporting our local farmers which in turn, supports the environment, as they don’t travel as far.
Crisp, colorful spring vegetables are fresh, light, and gently cleansing. They help to reset our digestive and immune systems. Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other important nutrients, they help to detox the body from a heavier winter diet.
Below are some of our favorite spring produce suggestions:
Artichokes: These vegetables are among the richest in antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin K (which you need for blood clotting,) magnesium, folic acid, and many minerals. They are also high in protein and fiber, and aid in balancing cholesterol, reducing free radicals, and providing optimal metabolic cell function.
Arugula: Full of vitamins A, K, and folate, chlorophyll, fiber, and water, these leafy greens will help reduce inflammation while hydrating and detoxifying our bodies.
Asparagus: Extremely rich in vitamin K, vitamins A, B + C, as well as copper and selenium, asparagus supplies one-third of your folate requirements, essential for a healthy pregnancy.
Broccoli: One cup of this powerhouse veggie contains as much vitamin C as an orange, is a great source of vitamin A, and is also filled with antioxidants.
Carrots: One of the most popular root vegetables, one carrot contains over 200% of your daily vitamin A needs in the form of beta-carotene which is great for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. They’re also full of fiber and antioxidants including, lutein for vision and lycopene for the heart.
Cherries: High in fiber and potassium, but low in calories, these are a great sweet treat. They are also high in anthocyanins, which give them their deep red color and act as antioxidants.
Mint: This powerful herb contains rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant that can relieve seasonal allergy symptoms, and menthol, which acts as a natural decongestant and can soothe an upset stomach.
Peas: Low in fat and high in fiber, peas are a good source of plant protein. They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins B, C and K, manganese, and phosphorus, making them great anti-inflammatory food.
Radishes: High in vitamin C, B vitamins, folate, fiber, and potassium, radishes are great detoxifiers, removing waste and toxins from both the stomach and liver. They are also a natural diuretic, and can help treat urinary and kidney conditions.
Strawberries: Packed with vitamin C, folate, manganese, potassium, fiber, and anthocyanins, strawberries are antioxidant-rich, and can also help regulate blood sugar.