Spring Clean Your Health

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Many people are starting home spring cleaning projects this time of year. But, don’t stop there. Start spring cleaning your diet with fresh fruits and vegetables! Now that winter is over, we can pack away the comfort food and bring on all the fresh in-season produce.
Here’s what to start looking for:

  1. Strawberries:  You can find strawberries in the grocery store year round, but their peak season is from April to June. Strawberries are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, and low in calories which makes them an excellent snack, dessert, or addition to salad.
  2. Asparagus:  Asparagus is rich in fiber, low in fat, it is also a good source of B vitamins, iron, and vitamin C. Like strawberries, you can find asparagus in the grocery store year round but its peak season is March until June. Try roasting, grilling, sautéing, or steaming for an excellent addition to your next meal!
  3. Sweet Cherries:  These delicious treats are typically only available during their peak season (late spring to early summer) so be sure to enjoy them! Sweet cherries too are an excellent source of fiber as well as potassium. They are also full of phytochemicals, which are high in antioxidants that are believed to aid in disease prevention and are excellent for your immune system.
  4. Rhubarb:  Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, but we tend to use it like a fruit by adding it to desserts. Rhubarb is in season April to July and is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. Try adding this nutritious vegetable to salsas or salads as well as desserts!
  5. Artichokes:  Artichokes have a shorter peak season, typically March through May. They are low in calories and packed full of good nutrition including fiber, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C. Artichokes are great additions to dips, salads, or pasta.

The fruits and vegetables listed above are just the beginning to the spring produce season. Fruits and vegetables always make good and nutritious snacks, desserts, salads, or side dishes. Start adding them back into your diet to put an extra spring in your step!

Go to http://www.eatright.org for more nutrition tips adding fruits and vegetables to clean up your health!

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