Now that it is spring we can bask in the sunlight, warmer temperatures, light spring showers, and best of all, amazing produce that comes out every year at this time. Here are six spring foods that nutritionists are excited to have on their tables every year and think that you should be too!
1. Strawberries – They are sweet and juicy and healthy too! Sinking your teeth into a strawberry is a great way to calm a sweet tooth while staying away from junk food. One serving of these berries has 7 grams of sugar, tons of vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. The fiber can help to keep you full and the sugar will calm your cravings.
2. Asparagus – While this green veggie isn’t everyone’s favorite it certainly makes a tasty side dish. One nutritionist says that she likes to steam them and use a citrus juice or macadamia nut oil on them after they are cooked. Asparagus is loaded with vitamins A, C, E, and K and also has 2 grams of fiber, 20 calories, potassium, and 2 grams of protein per half cup.
3. Leeks – This relative of garlic and onions is great when you sauté it with some garlic and olive oil. There is plenty of vitamin A, C, and K in leeks as well as just 38 calories per serving.
4. Fennel – You may notice a licorice smell but don’t be fooled. It is a veggie! Fennel is great when you add it to a salad or use it as a garnish for side dishes with your meal. It contains 9 calories and 1 gram of fiber per ounce of the bulb. It also has vitamin C, potassium, and folate.
5. Arugula – You can go crazy with this leafy green in your salad. The serving size is 2 cups and with that you will eat just 10 calories, potassium, iron, vitamins A, C, and K, and calcium.
6. Artichokes – Baby artichokes are delicious just as they are. Steam them and eat away! One medium artichoke has 10 grams of fiber, 64 calories, and 3 grams of protein.