Monday, 21 March 2016

14 Spring Veggies: Health Benefits & Tasty Recipes

Spring has sprung! This is my favorite season, and the beautiful weather is only one part of it. The other glorious thing about spring is the abundance of delicious spring veggies hitting the farmer’s market.
Part of seasonal eating is changing your meal strategies with the seasons. The warmer weather means a different assortment of fresh vegetables to work with. It’s a lot of fun, but if you’re not used to cooking with some of the spring veggies at the market, it can also be challenging. That’s why each vegetable on the list below includes a recipe suggestion to get you started.
14 Spring Veggies

1. Artichokes

Health benefits: Artichokes are high in potassium, which makes them beneficial to your heart’s health. The antioxidants in this spring veggie also help support immune health. 

2. Asparagus

Health Benefits: Fresh asparagus is rich in something called inulin, a prebiotic that’s great for your digestive tract. For the maximum benefit, try to find asparagus that’s been recently picked – it loses its benefits more rapidly than some other spring veggies. 

3. Broccoli

Health benefits: You already know that broccoli is good for you, but how exactly? Broccoli’s health benefits include lowering cholesterol and helping us rebuild our vitamin D stores. It also contains a compound called kaempferol that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. 

4. Collards

Health benefits: Collards have a similar nutritional profile to kale and even surpass it in some places! They’re high in protein, calcium, and vitamin K. You can read more about collards and their health benefits here. 

5. Endive

Health benefits: This spring green includes a healthy dose of kaempferol, and anti-inflammatory that can be especially helpful to folks with allergies. 

6. Kale

Health benefits: Kale is taking a little bit of flack lately, but don’t give up on this nutrient-dense superfood! While too much can cause trouble for your thyroid and kidneys, a couple of servings a week aren’t going to hurt you. Isn’t moderation the key to everything? 

7. Lettuces

Health benefits: Leafy salad greens can help with weight loss, protect your heart, and even contribute protein to your diet.  

8. Mustard Greens

Health benefits: Tangy mustard greens share a lot of the healthy goodness of other dark-and-leafies, like kale and collards. They contain compounds that help protect us from cancer and have anti-inflammatory properties. 

9. Radicchio

Health benefits: This antioxidant-rich green protects us from cancer and supports heart health 

10. Sorrel

Health benefits: Tangy sorrel may help lower blood pressure. 

11. Spinach

Health benefits: Spinach contains compounds that protect our digestive tracts and can help protect your body from certain types of cancer, such as prostate cancer. Spinach is high in calcium, but it also contains calcium-blocking compounds, so don’t count on this leafy green for meeting your body’s calcium needs. 

12. Swiss chard

Health benefits: Like spinach, chard contains calcium-blocking compounds, so it’s not good for meeting your RDA for calcium. You can count on Swiss chard for a heavy dose of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and detox support. 

13. Onions

Health benefits: Onions might seem like a run-of-the mill spring veggie, but they’re actually very nutritious. They contain compounds that have been shown to protect your body from colorectal, laryngeal, ovarian, and oral cancers. 

14. Watercress

Health benefits: Watercress helps keep your eyes healthy and supports liver and kidney health. 

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