Add These Foods to Your Diet This Spring
Spring is the perfect time of year to start incorporating fresh produce in your diet. With a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs to choose from, you can switch up a tried-and-true recipe, or perhaps try something new. They are full of powerful vitamins and antioxidants that will help you feel your best as you continue your weight loss journey.
You should be adding arugula to all your salads this spring. This leafy green has a unique, peppery quality that instantly adds flavor to any dish– but on top of that, it is great for you. It is rich in vitamins A and K, fiber, and water, which helps detoxify your body, reduce inflammation, and keep you hydrated.
Asparagus is another vegetable that is jam-packed with vitamin K, which has been shown to help with blood clotting, heart, and bone health, as well as B vitamins, which are great for your cell health. It is also a great source of copper and selenium. Asparagus has an excellent crunch that makes it a perfect side dish to any meal.
Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body, which not only helps with eye health (we’ve all heard the saying that carrots are good for your eyes, after all!), but hair, skin, and nail health. If that isn’t enough, the antioxidants in carrots are said to be cancer-fighting. Enjoy them as a snack or in a delicious medley of root vegetables.
Spring peas add an excellent snap and pop to any dish you can think of. They also add a pop of goodness to your diet thanks to its vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant makeup. With B, C, and K vitamins, manganese, phosphorus, and protein, spring peas have great anti-inflammatory properties.
There seems to be two camps of people when it comes to radishes– you either love them, or hate them. Whatever your stance is, you should give them a chance, as they are a great detoxifier. They help remove waste and toxins from the stomach and liver, can help treat urinary and kidney conditions, hydrate you, and even fight cancer. Don’t knock it until you try it!
Mint has a different kind of benefit from the other foods on this list. We all know menthol (which gives mint its cooling quality) is a natural decongestant and can be a solution to upset stomachs, but because of its concentration of rosmarinic acid, mint has been implicated to help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. If you struggle with allergies, mint might be good for you!
During the spring months, strawberries are the vegetables that trump them all. The perfect strawberry is sweet, juicy, with a slight tart edge, but other than being tasty, they have some great benefits. Their polyphenols support your immune system and cell renewal, while also being a great way to balance blood sugar.
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