Fruits and Veggies for Spring

Fruits and Veggies for SpringAs temperatures rise, nothing beats a sweet, juicy piece of fruit or the crisp crunch of a fresh veggie.

Here are delicious fruits and veggies to enjoy in spring!

Cherries begin to ripen in April, making their tart taste perfect for your favorite spring recipes. Health benefits include:

  • The ability to reduce inflammation
  • Anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that may protect against heart disease and diabetes

The most popular berry in the world, strawberries are a sweet and juicy addition to any meal. They start to ripen in March, so enjoy them now! Health benefits include:

  • High levels of phenols, heart-protecting phytonutrients
  • Decreasing the activity of the inflammation-causing enzyme COX
  • 3 grams of fiber per serving

The mild taste of asparagus makes it perfect in both savory and tangy dishes. Plus, it's a cinch to prepare. Health benefits include:

  • Folate—essential for a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Blood pressure-lowering potassium
  • High levels of tryptophan, which is associated with elevating mood

One of the most nutrient-packed vegetables, spring spinach has a refreshing taste. Health benefits include:

  • 25% of your daily dose of calcium (per serving)
  • Lutein, which protects against eye diseases such as macular degeneration
  • High levels of iron

These tiny veggies can be tossed in a salad, soup, or pasta dish. Health benefits include:

  • Over 40% of your daily recommended amount of manganese, which keeps bones healthy
  • Dietary fiber
  • Folic acid and vitamin B6, which keep your cardiovascular health in tip-top shape

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