The Spring Series: Favorite Foods for Spring
Hello Spring! I truly love this time of year. The weather starts to warm up (a bit, haha) and gorgeous flowers start to bloom. Farmers markets open up all over the world and the days feel longer. The air just feels so fresh, too!
In lieu of Spring and National Nutrition Month (an educational campaign focusing on the significance of physical fitness as well as eating nourishing meals), I’m highlighting my favorite foods for this time of year!
(Disclaimer: What’s in season may depend on your location.)
By far my favorite vegetable. Aside from tasting great with protein dishes, these green spears are full of folate. Folate is a B vitamin and is essential for proper brain function. Folate plays a significant role in mental and emotional health. Talk about a feel-good meal!
Beets are great for immunity support. They contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (helps with nerve and muscle function) and manganese (necessary for healthy bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas).
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and antioxidants. Looking to build up your hair follicles? Carrots are great for that. Aiding in skin, nail and hair growth, this veggie is great for both internal and external health. They are also a powerful cancer-fighter.
These green, yummy leaves are a great source of iron! I highly recommend spinach for my vegetarian and vegan clients, too. Iron is a key component in red blood cells that gives our muscles the oxygen it needs for energy.
These spiky-leafed vegetables can be used in various ways. They're loaded with magnesium whichis a mineral vital for energy and good heart health. It has been proven to calm nerves and anxiety while also relieving any muscle aches or spasms. It also assists in regulating our levels of calcium, potassium and sodium.
My (almost daily) Springtime go-to! Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants (hello glowing skin!) They also contain many other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that contribute to your overall health. Some of these nutrients include: vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and magnesium.
This delicious fruit contains significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and flavonoids like Beta-Carotene. These help provide so many benefits, from healthy immune function, regulating blood pressure to helping keep your vision and bones strong.
This yummy fruit is a great source of vitamin A which aids in skin health and boosts your immune system. Apricots are rich in fiber, great for heart health, while also helping maintain strong bones.
This fruit also has high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C and has been proven to provide anti-aging health benefits. It supports the immune system, aids in eye and bone health, as well as digestion.
Another fabulous antioxidant. Cherries contain high levels of anti-cancer properties and help to reduce overall inflammation within the body. It has a significant amount of melatonin, which aids in sleep, while also reducing muscle aches.
I’ve been encouraging my clients to use this new season as an opportunity to get creative with their eating and weekly meal prep. By incorporating healthy spring-inspired foods in our diet, we can all take a step towards a healthier us, both inside and out. Studies have even shown that foods contain a higher value of nutrients when they are first picked (so fresh).
What are some of your favorites from this list? I would love to hear from you! Stay tuned for more posts in my Spring Series!