Spring is a great time to clean up your eating habits and the best way to get started is to increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables (fruggies). Taking in a variety of colorful fruggies is one of the best things you can do for your health. As your intake of fruggies goes up, your risk for heart disease, cancer and other health problems go down! The bonus of buying seasonal fruggies is not only that they’re at their peak flavor but that this is when they are packing their greatest nutritional punch.
Here are a few fruits and vegetables that are at their best early spring or throughout the spring season.
Apricots: Great source of beta carotene, Vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
Artichokes: Skip the can and learn to cook them fresh. Artichoke’s are packed with antioxidants; they’re one of the USDA’s top 20 antioxidant-rich foods. They’re high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and fiber.
Arugula: Also known as salad rocket, arugula adds a unique peppery flavor to any dish. It is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber and the minerals calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Asparagus: Packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin A, protein and folate, this spring green helps transport calcium to your bones and boosts the immune system.
Avocado: Contain heart healthy fats that boost the absorption of nutrients like Vitamin A, D, E and K. Avocado is also a great source of antioxidants (lutein & zeaxanthin) and fiber.
Broccoli: High in Vitamin C, Folate, Fiber and Potassium.
Fennel: Contains numerous antioxidants that enhance the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. It is also known for it’s anti-flatulence benefits.
Green Peas: Or Sweet Peas are a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate and Fiber.
Green Onions: Also known as scallions are packed with an antioxidant that lowers blood pressure and heart disease.
Spinach: This leafy green is a good source of Vitamin C, folate, betaine, lutein and iron. It helps ward off age related eyesight issues, and is helps maintain a strong immune system.
Strawberries: Peak season is April thru June. Strawberries are a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, potassium and fiber.