Spring has Sprung! Happy first day of spring, everyone! I never used to appreciate this season until the last couple of years… I always just wanted to fast forward right to summer. However, I’ve come to love the seeing everything liven up again and the weather start to warm. A lot of people see New Years as a start to a renewed health journey, but for me it’s springtime. I am just more motivated to be active and eat healthy when the weather is nicer. PLUS fresh foods start to come back into season. As a foodie lover, this couldn’t make me happier. I’m always looking for fresh foods that are in season and here are some of my top finds for spring.
I HAD to put these first. Fresh and ripe strawberries are my absolute favorite fruit this time of year. I put them on everything: salads, cereal, yogurt, smoothies… if there’s a way, I’ll find it. I’ll be the first to admit that strawberries aren’t the best if they aren’t in season. So take advantage and scoop up some from your local grocery store today (FYI they’re most likely on sale!)
Spinach is a personal fave, but you really can’t go wrong with any type of dark leafy vegetable this time of year. Other spring greens include arugula, bok choy, sorrel, watercress, and mizuna. If you’re wondering about the last one, mizuna is a cool weather green perfect for spring. Its mildly sweet and spicy leaves add flavor and crunch to mixed salads; it can also be briefly steamed or stir-fried, or used in soups.
Walnuts are great for your mood and so is that spring mindset! Walnuts are packed with tryptophan, an amino acid your body needs to create the feel-great chemical serotonin. They also make a perfect crunchy addition to any spring salad.
No list is complete without avocados. I’m not kidding when I say that I’m addicted to them. Plus they have the best healthy fats which we all NEED in your diets. Stay tuned, I’ll be posting an all things avocado article and sharing my favorite avocado recipes in the next couple of weeks!
I may be stretching on these a bit season-wise, they really don’t start to be in season until May (closer to mid/end of spring), but I had to give this fruit some recognition. It doesn’t get enough credit on top fruit lists. This natural sweet treats provide a healthy boost of beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Pick some up at your local farmers market today!
This aren’t the only fresh foods in season! Make to check your local grocery store listings to find out what foods are on sale. Here is a list of several other fresh spring foods you can find:
- Green garlic
- Vidalia onions
- Key limes
Article written by GUADS staff member, Christina