One of the best ways to make sure that you are staying healthy and getting all the vitamins and minerals that you need is by eating locally grown and fresh foods. Fruits and vegetables that have been transported a long distance are not only bad for the environment from all the fuels burned in the shipping process, they are also more covered in pesticides and chemicals to keep them fresh. Eating food that is locally sourced benefits your local economy and keeps your body running smoothly. If you are looking to eat fresh, healthy food this spring, here are some of our recommendations for fruits and vegetables that are in season this spring. If you have any questions about how to eat healthily this spring, come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club to meet with one of our expert nutritionists today.
Honeydew melons are a delicious and refreshing way to get healthy calories and essential vitamins. Similar in taste profile and texture to cantaloupe, a single slice of honeydew melon provides more than half of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and has 14 grams of natural sugars. If you are looking for a ripe honeydew at your grocery store, look for one with a waxy rind with a firm surface. Honeydew and cantaloupe are both staples in Italian cooking. If you are looking for a way to integrate honeydew into your daily routine, try adding it to a salad to bring a level of sweetness and texture to your salads. If you are looking for something more substantial or are looking for finger food for a party, try making an appetizer of prosciutto wrapped honeydew.
Broccoli: the enemy of children across the nation is in season throughout the spring. These little green florets are high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, B6, and vitamin A. We all know that broccoli is good for us, but the tricky part is finding ways to integrate broccoli into our diet. For adults, simply steaming broccoli works well as a delicious dinner or lunch side. If your children don’t like broccoli, chances are they won’t touch it if they see the florets hit their plate. You can sneak some broccoli into your meals by adding it into a puree or into a bowl of delicious fried rice.
This delicious vegetable is a staple for grilling, complex meals and simple cooking alike. Asparagus is rich in fiber, folate, vitamin K and a number of other nutrients. Picking out the best of the bunch is more complex with asparagus since there many different kinds of asparagus. From purple asparagus to white asparagus, this vegetable can come in tons of different colors and sizes. You can easily integrate asparagus into your diet by baking it with some olive oil, salt, and pepper or just by throwing it on the barbecue.
If you are looking to start spring with a great health plan, you need to consider your diet. By eating fruits and vegetables that are grown locally, you can ensure that you are getting the most nutrition out of your food. If you have questions about how you can improve your diet this spring come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club today to set your fitness goals for 2019.