Hi Friends! I am so happy it’s springtime now. Something about the birds chirping, the sun shining and the smell of all the fresh blooms make me so happy. Not to mention that the variety of produce is shifting, which is what today’s post is all about. I am going to be sharing 5 spring-friendly foods to incorporate into your weekly grocery trip. These foods are all health-promoting, anti-inflammatory, and have detoxification properties (spring cleaning, anyone?!).
#1: Asparagus. Asparagus is one of my favorite spring and summer vegetables. It is great for healthy gut promotion because it contains inulin, which promotes a healthy gut microflora. Also, asparagus contains an anti-carcinogen called glutathione, has high fiber and a low glycemic index!
#2: Lemons. Lemons are incredible for your health because of their alkalizing properties. They are actually the most alkaline-forming food, and are very helpful in liver detoxification. Incorporate lemons in fun ways by making lemon water with frozen berries as a refreshment, make a lemon-based salad dressing over arugula and cucumbers, or squeeze a lemon onto your guacamole for added zest!
#3: Radishes. Radishes are a spring root vegetable that are high in vitamin C, sulfur and silicon. These properties are incredible for your skin! Also, radishes contain mustard oil which stimulates the circulation system, liver and kidneys for healthy detoxification.
#4: Green peas. Green peas are tiny, but pack a multitude of health benefits and are delicious. They are an excellent source of protein and fiber, and are rich in antioxidants including carotenoids, polyphenols and flavonoids. Utilize green peas by making green pea pesto, making a salad with corn, avocado, and peas with a dijon mustard dressing, or incorporate them into a smoothie where you can barely taste them.
#5: Pineapple. Pineapple is incredible for our lung health; it contains properties that assist in cleansing the pores in the lungs, which direct;y affects the elasticity of the lung sacs. Additionally, pineapple is an alkaline-forming food and can assist in the prevention of ulcerative colitis and tummy upset. Try using pineapple in smoothies, grill it and eat it plain (so good), or make a pineapple salsa and use it on tacos!
I hope you all are having a great spring so far and I hope you try these nutrient-packed spring foods in new ways. As always, our doors at ESO are always open and we want to help you as much as we can along your health journey. Please reach out with any questions. Have an incredible day, Friends!