Now that the cold and snowy winter season is almost over, I’m sure that you’re already excited to see lots of greeneries, beautiful and colorful flowers, flying butterflies and birds chirping. But those aren’t the only things to get excited about. Spring unlocks a bounty of fresh, vibrant and flavorful seasonal produce that are loaded with antioxidants, immune-supporting nutrients and properties that can aid weight loss.
So check out the list to see what to shop for this spring season.
These beautifully orange colored fruits usually peak in late April to early May. Apricots are excellent sources of Vitamins A and C, coper, dietary fiber, potassium and carotenoids. Because of its high fiber content, it can aid digestion and relieve constipation. Apricots are also believed to improve vision, heart heath and bone health, reduce cholesterol levels and maintain electrolyte balance in the body.
They may look intimidating but it’s really delicious and very nutritious – they are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Adding artichokes to your diet will improve your digestion and liver health due to its detoxifying properties. Furthermore, it’s also known to boost the immune system, improve brain health, lower cholesterol levels and offer protection against cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Here’s another secret – artichokes are good for treating hangover so it’s good to chew on a few artichoke leaves after a night of heavy drinking.
Blueberries are available all year round but the domestic blueberry season runs from April to September. These blue babies contain the highest antioxidants that protect our bodies from the damage caused by free radicals such as cancer and aging. Blueberries are also rich in Fiber, Vitamins C and K and various other nutrients but remain low in calories. With all the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, Blueberries can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, fight UTI and improve memory and brain health.
4. Mustard Greens
Like other leafy greens, they contain lots of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. They have anti-inflammatory properties that help a lot in keeping the joints and bones healthy, especially if you suffer from arthritis. Vitamin A is abundant in Mustard Greens which is extremely important for eye health and the prevention of the formation of urinary stones.
5. Spring Garlic
This is also known as Green Garlic and its appearance is usually the first signs of spring. In general, garlic is an excellent source of Vitamins B6 and C, Manganese and Selenium. It’s great for lowering blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular diseases. Aside from its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, spring garlic also contain a compound called allicin that stimulates satiety in the brain, keeping you from over eating – perfect for those who are on a diet.