Now that spring and warmer weather are finally here, it’s time to talk about the food that comes along with them! These 10 foods aren’t only super healthy for you, but also are pretty abundant in the spring time. Even though some of these might not be your favorite foods (like artichokes), give them a try in a new way to really take advantage of what nutrients they have to offer.
Walnuts are great for multiple reasons, both psychological and for your health. Their slow digestion causes greater mood stability and helps people tolerate stress. This is because they contain tryptophan which helps make serotonin. It contains healthy fats for a lasting energy boost and alpha-linolenic acid that helps with memory and coordination.
Asparagus is one of my personal favorites, and it tastes the best in the spring! This is another good mood food, and it’s also great for pregnant women. It has vitamins K, A, and B for energy production and strong bones as well as protein and folate (which helps your nervous system). For the best tasting asparagus, try to choose ones with tight green tips and stalks that are moist.
Here’s another green, and it won’t be the last! This one is loaded with magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, B, and K, and fiber. All this adds up to fighting liver disease, aiding digestion, helping our gut bacteria, and making bland food taste better by stimulating your taste buds. When you cook vegetables, try steaming them to preserve the most nutrients.
This is the last green food on the list, but it’s a pretty well-known health food. Spinach gives us energy, strengthens the immune system, boosts exercise performance, and helps prevent blindness. All this is done through the vitamin C, iron, folate, and other nutrients found in this superfood. Try to choose a fresh bunch instead of bagged and throw a couple leaves in a smoothie or make a salad!
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never actually tried a radish, but apparently I’m really missing out! This root vegetable helps our digestive system, prevents cancer, and contains tons of vitamin C, calcium, and protein. They don’t have a particularly strong taste, so it’s easier to throw into anything from a pesto to a smoothie.
Finally a fruit on this list! No need to convince me to eat blueberries considering how they help prevent Alzheimer’s, cancer, and are linked to better brain health and memory function. They’re also high in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, K, and manganese. Plus they’re delicious!
Salmon is basically my family’s go-to fish meal, and it’s a good thing too! I’m pretty sure most people have heard about the omega-3 fatty acids that these super-fish contain, but that’s not all. It also acts in wrinkle prevention, anti-inflammatory processes, is high in protein, and improves heart health. Added bonus: it’s really easy and quick to prepare. Cook it in the oven with a sauce on top with some asparagus on the side or sprinkle some on your spinach salad!
Eggs are a great choice to eat consistently, and not just in spring. This is especially true for people who are trying to stop eating meat but still struggle to get all the protein they need. It can also help curb hunger, improve memory, decrease inflammation, and lower cholesterol. Egg yolks are also one of the most nutrient-dense and antioxidant-rich foods that you can eat, period.
My mom always says that strawberries taste just like candy, but they’re definitely much better for your body than candy is! Strawberries are mostly helpful when it comes to healthy skin, wrinkle prevention, and providing antioxidants. They also seem to help with pain relief and inflammation.
10. Fava Beans
rich in fiber, iron and protein, lowers cholesterol, rich source of L-dopa (precursor of dopamine); high in fiber and iron, easy to grow, lowers cholesterol
Beans are a pretty important staple food for health, especially if you’re a vegetarian. They provide lots of fiber, iron, protein, L-dopa (the precursor of dopamine), and help to lower cholesterol. What’s more, fava beans are very easy to grow yourself, so think about adding them to your garden if you have one!