There are two prevailing thoughts come spring. One is that it is great that the winter gloom is behind us and that we can finally enjoy sunshine and flowers. The other is that summer isn’t so far either, and that we are far from the body we would be proud to show off at the beach. To make spring more about the nice things, and less about stress, all you need to do is eliminate heavy meals and processed foods. Your organism will benefit from healthy ingredients packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Here are ten of them to start with.
Lettuce contains a high percentage of water, which makes you full really fast, and therefore helps you lose weight. Some of its benefits include lowering cholesterol levels, anxiety control and providing a hefty supply of antioxidants. Besides, the small amount of calories makes it a perfect choice for a light dinner.
There are plenty of reasons to fill your plate with this spring superfood more frequently. This veggie is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, minerals, iron, calcium and fiber. It is known for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing heart disease, osteoporosis and some types of cancer, as well as alleviating PMS symptoms.
Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, this leafy green vegetable contains plenty of vitamin K, which, among other things, is great for bone health. Besides, baby spinach is a rich source of vitamin C, and it also includes folic acid, potassium, iron and magnesium. It is also rich in cellulose, which means it can improve digestion.
Another leafy green on the list (yeah, smells like spring), chard contains vitamins B, C and K, beta carotene and dietary fiber. It packs a powerful nutritional punch and it is very low in calories, which makes it a great choice if you want to lose some weight before the summer arrives. It is also beneficial for your cardiovascular health.
Other than being a delicious veggie, artichokes are also a nutritional powerhouse. They contain more antioxidants than cranberries, pecans and blueberries. One of their most powerful ingredients is caffeoylquinic acid which stimulates the flow of bile. Bile helps the body digest fat faster and protects the organism from harmful substances in food.
A true symbol of spring, dandelion is not only beautiful for the eye, but also beneficial for your health. The leaf of this plant encourages fluid secretion and speeds up the metabolism, which is especially important for diets. Its root, on the other hand, helps cleanse the blood of toxins.
Radish is a very common ingredient in many spring salads. Besides having a lovely color and a pungent-sweet taste, this veggie is packed with fiber, vitamin C, folic acid and potassium. It is very low in calories and great for digestion, especially if eaten unprocessed.
These tender onion bulbs are a true energy bomb. Although some people dislike them due to their distinct flavor, they should find a place in everyone’s menu, at least once in a while. They’re rich in vitamins, including C, B2 and thiamine, but they also contain vitamins A and K, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese and fiber. Spring onions are also known to alleviate spring allergy symptoms.
Now it is time to please all of your sweet teeth out there. Strawberries are everyone’s all-time favorite fruit, but besides having a divine taste, they also pack a healthy dose of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and other ingredients, which are helpful for detoxification and overcoming spring fatigue.
All of the foodstuffs mentioned on the list are not only delicious, but also very healthy. So don’t wait a minute longer to try out some tasty and nutritious recipes with them. Your body will be grateful.