This time of year is one of the best times for fresh produce! Whether you have a favorite farmer’s market or enjoy the convenience of a grocery store, it can be a challenge to figure out what to eat. Fruits and vegetables are a great choice for anyone who cares about their health, but which ones are the best? These are a few of our favorites.
Raspberries. This is one of our favorite spring fruits; they’re low in calories and sugar but they’re also a great source of fiber. Most importantly, raspberries are high in antioxidants, which have been shown to help prevent cancer. These berries go great in a fruit salad or in a smoothie.
Kale. These spring vegetables have become very popular lately, so you’ll have a much easier time finding them in the grocery store. The vegetable is high in Vitamins K, A, and C and very low in calories. Furthermore, it’s easy to add to a salad, or use the leaves as a wrap instead of tortillas or bread.
Red bell peppers. These spring vegetables are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C. They’re also a great addition to almost any casserole or vegetable dish. Because of their slightly sweet taste, this is also a great vegetable to eat as a snack.
Spinach. For many people, this vegetable was ruined by being forced to eat it as a child after it was cooked down into an unappetizing mush. Instead, look for fresh spinach greens that can be added to salads and chicken dishes. Use whole leaves; don’t break them up. Spinach is a great source of iron, folate, and magnesium; three minerals that most women don’t get enough of in their daily diet.
Oranges. These fruits are known for being high in Vitamin C, but they also make a great snack when you’re traveling. They’re easy to throw into a lunch box or cooler and they won’t get squished or turn brown quickly. That makes them perfect to take to the beach or hiking.
Chives. Otherwise known as green onion, this vegetable is perfect for people (especially kids) who won’t eat vegetables. They’re one of the most nutrient dense vegetables in the world, making them a good choice if you can only eat a small amount. Chives can be cut small and added to just about any meat or side dish. They’re also one of the easiest plants to grow; they thrive in just about any type of soil.
Tomatoes. It doesn’t matter if you believe this is a fruit or a vegetable, it’s still one of the reasons we look forward to spring. Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, and they’re great with just about anything. Add them to salads, soups, or just eat them as a snack.
Lemons. This is a late spring fruit, but it’s a great choice for anyone who needs to increase their Vitamin C intake. For a refreshing drink with almost no calories, add slices to pitcher of ice water.