Eating with the Seasons: 6 Foods to Nourish Your Body This Spring
by Rachel Chemerynski
One simple step you can take toward a healthier you is eating with the seasons and since last week kicked off the beginning of spring, the time is now! Not only is this method a no-brainer (who doesn’t love fresh, seasonal produce?), but it’s also good for your overall wellbeing. So what does this entail, exactly? Each season—spring, summer, fall/winter—has its own naturally harvested crops, and according to Ayurvedic principles it’s in your best interest to eat accordingly—the way nature intended us to. Whether you shop locally from a farmer’s market or hit your neighborhood grocery store, we’ve got six in-season foods to help get you started now!
Fill your grocery bag with these six spring items:
1. Asparagus: While this lean, green veggie may not have been a childhood favorite, it’s definitely on your side when it comes to your health. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins K and C, these green spears are a powerhouse of wellness. Roast and serve as a side for dinner, incorporate into a seasonal risotto, or mix in with your morning eggs.
2. Lemons: While these bright yellow fruits may remind us of 25-cent summer lemonade stands, they’re actually in their prime right now. Add fresh lemon juice to stir-fries, homemade salad dressing, or a warm cup of water to jumpstart the day (while supporting your digestion, immune and lymph systems).
3. Leafy Greens: Dark leafy greens—like kale, collards, arugula and spinach—are jam-packed with chlorophyll, fiber, and phytochemicals, and are known to boost the immune system, purify the blood, improve circulation and even clear congestion (just in time for allergy season!) While greens tends to be lacking in most diets, you can get your fix by making lots of salads, green smoothies, and stir-fries the next few months.
4. Garlic: While this odorous root may not be the best choice for date-night, its anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting properties make it well worth it. Plus, it’s a natural aphrodisiac! Add chopped or crushed garlic into homemade sauces, dressings, and soups for a flavorful boost.
5. Celery: From Ants on a Log to Celery Soup, this green vegetable is a staple in most homes—and for good reason! Celery is loaded with fiber, potassium, and vitamins K, A, and C, making it a nutritious addition to your spring diet. Plus, it’s been said to help alleviate bloat (acting as a natural diuretic), just in time for spring break!
6. Peas: Pass the peas, please! While teeny, these sweet little pods come jam-packed with nutrients, containing health-boosting antioxidants along with a generous amount of Vitamin K and C, and energizing protein. In fact, these mighty gems are even squeezing their way into certain protein powders! Experiment with a variety of peas, from snow to snap peas.
Do you eat according to the seasons? What spring foods seem most appealing to you? Share your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more ideas on eating and living with the seasons!
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Rachel Chemerynski is a certified health coach and freelance writer living in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the founder of Healthy Chicks, a wellness community dedicated to inspiring twenty-something women to live happier, health