The arrival of spring brings with it the smell of fresh, sweet flowers. The sun is finally shining brightly, making everything look luminous and glow-y; a stark contrast to the winter we just endured. Everything seems to be reborn in spring, and the world just becomes a more beautiful place all around; with birds chirping and bees humming. Not only that, spring brings with it the arrival of the next, much-awaited summer season.
Like each season, spring brings with it a plethora of food from juicy fruits like strawberries to nutrition packed vegetables like spinach and peas. To make the best of spring while it lasts, make sure to try these following foods!
Strawberries: An absolute personal favorite, there is no better way to spend a spring afternoon than to laze around in the backyard munching on those juicy strawberries. Not only do they taste heavenly, they are a great source of vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, manganese, potassium and have only 50 calories per cup! They are also rich in anthocyanins, a plant chemical that seems to help lose belly fat, making your dreams of getting that summer body a likely reality.
Greek yogurt: A bowl of Greek yogurt, paired with freshly cut fruits like berries and strawberries, topped with nuts, makes for a quick, yet delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack. It’s a great substitute for sour cream, and is packed with probiotics which helps to keep you healthy. It is a good source of protein and also vitamin B12, which is important for healthy brain functioning. Potassium, iodine and calcium are found abundantly in Greek yogurt. It is also known to keep body weight in check, and can be eaten after workouts to fuel the body.
Peas:They are small but have great nutritional value. Known to help in weight management as they are low in fat but are packed with protein, fiber and various micronutrients. They are rich in vitamin C and E and also contain a good amount of zinc and omega-3 fat. Peas contain a polyphenol called coumestrol which is very beneficial for the prevention of stomach cancer. They also have anti-aging properties and are known to help against various diseases like Alzheimer’s, Osteoporosis, and Arthritis.
Radishes: Crunchy and crispy, they can be consumed raw or added to your salads and tacos for extra texture and crunchiness. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamin E, A, C, B6, and K, fiber, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron and manganese; radishes are the ultimate nutrient food. They also help burn fat, help against diabetes, reduce cholesterol, insulin resistance, and inflammation and promote metabolism.
Spinach:A great ingredient for your green salads and detox drinks, spinach is rich in potassium, manganese, zinc, magnesium, iron, and calcium. It also has folate and vitamins A, C, K and B6. It helps improve eyesight and promotes healthy functioning of the brain by preventing it from neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline. Maintains blood pressure, strengthens the muscles and helps in bone mineralization. It treats and prevents inflammation and cancer and is a great way to improve metabolism. Reminds us of Popeye, the sailor man!
Hibiscus tea: A herbal tea that not only smells and tastes great but is also an instant mood booster. It has many other amazing health benefits as well, from helping against high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as a strong digestive and immune system. Packed with flavonoids, hibiscus tea helps alleviate bloating, helping you get rid of that pooch you seem to have developed over winter, which is nothing but water retain due to all the soups you had been sipping on. It does so by regulating water and electrolytes in the body. It also helps fight inflammation, cures liver diseases and reduces the risk of cancer. And it…do I need to say more?
Papaya: Papayas taste and smell great and can be added to your spring fruit salads for more than just their deliciousness. The fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants present in papayas help lower cholesterol in the body, and the fiber coupled with few calories help in losing weight. Also known to boost immunity, they improve digestion and are great for diabetes. They help prevent arthritis and cancer.
Apricots: This soft, furry fruit is one of the healthiest fruits around. Despite being small, they are packed with essential nutrients like vitamin A, C and potassium. It enhances the vision and keeps the skin healthy and fresh. Rich in dietary fiber, which keeps digestion in check as well as promotes low cholesterol levels in the body.
The above is just a small description of the various spring foods that must not be missed. Instead of munching on unhealthy and processed foods, do your body and health a favor by trying out simple and easy recipes using these food items. All these food items are easily available in spring and a short trip to the farmer’s market will leave you wanting just about everything.