March 25, 2015

7 Super Spring Foods

Welcome spring and all the wonderful foods it brings. Spring’s super foods offer exceptional taste and incredible nutritional benefits. Some of the best foods of spring include:

  1. Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants that help your skin repair damage caused by UV rays. Plus, they’re packed with vitamin C – the vitamin associated with fewer wrinkles and less dryness. Eat them plain or make strawberry shortcake.
  2. Greens. It’s salad season! Fresh greens, such as spinach, lettuce, and arugula, are filled with antioxidants, phytochemicals (that fight cancer), folic acid (important for pregnant women), iron and vitamin K.
  3. Asparagus. This wonderful spring vegetable is rich in folic acid. It also contains vitamin C and K, plus copper and iron. Pan-fry it, roast it or chop it up and steam and serve with pasta or seafood.
  4. Scallions. Scallions are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that acts like an antihistamine – extremely important for seasonal allergy sufferers. Sprinkle raw scallions over cooked dishes or add raw scallions to salads and salsas.
  5. Radishes. Radishes are extremely nutritious, containing nearly a third of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Eat radishes with broccoli. Radishes contain an enzyme called myrosinase, which boosts your body’s absorption of the cancer-fighting compounds found in broccoli. And don’t neglect the leaves! Radish leaves contain more vitamin C, calcium and protein than radishes themselves. Toss the leaves into a pesto, stir-fry or your next smoothie.
  6. Eggs are rich in choline (a nutrient that helps keep cells and nerves working normally), cholesterol, vitamin A, vitamin E, and Omega-3s.  Serve them scrambled, soft-boiled or toss the yolks in smoothies or salad dressings
  7. Fish: Fish contains omega-3 fatty acid, which lowers your risk of heart disease, helps alleviate arthritis and may be able to help with Alzheimer’s and memory loss. Wild cold-water fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel have the highest levels of omega-3s. Have at least two or three servings each week.

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