Spring is the time when nature is in a state of transformation and renewal. It’s when the Earth wakes up from the slothful slumber of the cold winter months, and brings forth new life. No wonder spring signifies rebirth and rejuvenation in cultures throughout the world!
It also presents us with the perfect opportunity to inject a much needed shot of nutritional goodness into our bodies after the carb-laden, guilt trip of the winter months because boy are foods grown in Spring rich in nutrients!
While the advancements in agricultural has no doubt allowed us to eat whatever we want, whenever we want, let’s face it — nothing beats eating seasonal stuff. Fruits and vegetables that are grown in season are richer in nutrients and fresher. So here are some foods that you should consider eating up during spring…
While beets are most known for their sugar content, they offer a variety of health boosting nutrients too. Beets are rich in nitrates which are converted into nitric oxide in our bodies which dilates blood vessels and thereby brings down blood-pressure.
Beets also have betaine, a compound that helps protect cells and fights inflammation. Finally, beet-root also has powerful phyto-nutrients that help ward of breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer.
The king of antioxidant rich foods, blueberries are nutritionally dense and low in calories making them an excellent addition to your diet. Blueberries are particularly rich in a compound called anthocyanins are thought to be responsible for elevated antioxidant levels in our bodies which assists in repairing damaged DNA and can help ward of cancer. The berry also comes packed full of vitamin K and C as well as Manganese.
Want a quick shot of both? Why not try out our Beet and Berry Cheesecake?
Avocados are already a much hyped fruit amongst the lose weight fast circles. While we cannot comment on whether they will help you shed pounds in record time, their health benefits are well known. Avocados have a substantial quantity of monounsaturated oleic acid which targets LDL (bad cholesterol) in our blood streams.
In addition, they can also decrease triglyceride level which is necessary for good cardiovascular health. Since coronary heart disease is the biggest killer in USA, the benefits that avocado brings to the table definitely cannot be ignored!
There aren’t many dishes that can’t use a tune up with the humble lemon. Its tangy taste is hard to resist and because lemons are so rich in vitamin C, they can give your immune system a good boost as well.
Our Puckered Up! Lemon Cheesecake is a perfect example of how to put lemons to good use!
Like blueberries, strawberries are rich in flavonids and anthocyanins that promote antioxidant production. Strawberries can also ease inflammation and promote bone health thru potassium, vitamin K and magnesium.
While these were our top picks, there are a LOT more options out there — apricots, cherimoya, kiwis, pineapples and tomatoes are also a great addition.
Be sure to check out our store to sample some of our other cheesecakes!