Spring is a great time to change up your diet and load up your plate with more fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want more energy throughout the day or just want to clean up your diet for good, start incorporating some “superfoods” into your menu for some extra nutrients. Many spring foods are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are essential for good health. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds this season or just want to invest in your health and well-being, start adding more of these foods to your meal lineup.
Give your spring recipes a boost with these six superfoods:
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. I eat blueberries almost every day and have found they make a great addition to protein shakes and smoothies. Blueberries also have a low glycemic index so they work well as a natural sweetener in baked goods and other recipes.
If you’re feeling bloated or just want to jump-start your spring weight-loss plan, make sure to eat plenty of asparagus throughout the week. Asparagus contains detoxifying compounds and is also a good source of fiber and B-vitamins. Eating asparagus regularly can improve digestion and help you get your fill of antioxidants.
Get your fair share of leafy greens by adding spinach to smoothies or making spinach salads regularly. Spinach is a good source of fiber, protein, and iron. Experts say that eating spinach regularly could lower blood pressure and even lower the risk of cancer. Eat more spinach for healthy digestion this spring.
Even though strawberry season is a few months away, you can start adding frozen strawberries to smoothies, yogurt, or even a salad for a boost of nutrients. Life Extension Magazine reports that strawberries are a good source of antioxidants and compounds that can fight cancer and heart disease. They are also a great source of vitamin C.
Start your day with some fresh fruit for a boost of nutrients. Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C and you’ll be better off eating grapefruit instead of squeezing it for juicing purposes when you want to add more fiber to your diet. Grapefruit is also a good source of potassium and vitamin A.
Another green food you need in your diet this season, artichokes have a high antioxidant value and contain compounds that can keep blood sugar levels stable. Steam artichokes as a side with some of your favorite spring dishes or add cooked artichoke to pasta, pizza, and other dishes for a boost of nutrients.