Incorporate This Season’s Local Spring Foods to Support Better Health – #wellbeingwednesday
I just love this time of year, when our local in season produce is about to come to the market place and the memory of winter starchy foods can be in the distant past. For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday I thought I would share with you some wonderful, local and healthy foods to incorporate into your diet.
Cherries: I love these little fruit sensations. They are one of our fruits lowest in the glycemic index, making them a perfect snack for balancing blood sugar levels. They are also a pigment rich fruit, due to their anthocyanins, making them an antioxidant powerhouse as well as a great anti-inflammatory, especially for those suffering from gout. Lastly, they contain melatonin, which helps to calm the nervous system and promote a restful sleep.
Asparagus: contain saponins, a phytochemical, known for its anti-inflammatory, anticancer, immune enhancing and blood sugar regulating properties. They also contain inulin, a prebiotic that supports digestion by feeding our healthy gut bacteria. This tender vegetable is packed with nutrients, so you really should dig right in while they’re around, you just might have to deal with some smelly pee.
Wild Leeks: I had my first experience with “ramps” a few years back when I picked up a bag from the Wychwood Barns Farmers Market, and I fell in love. I simply tossed them in olive oil and roasted them in the oven. Wild leeks are in the same family as onions and garlic making them beneficial to heart health. They are also rich in iron, supporting healthy blood cells, as well as choline, which supports cognitive function.
Dandelion Greens: Although many think of dandelion as an annoying weed, they are in fact, a nutrient dense herb high in; calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, D and K. The root is quite bitter, detoxifying the liver, while the leaves are more of a diuretic benefiting the kidneys. Feel free to add these greens to salads, sandwiches, even smoothies. Your body will thank you.
Strawberries: Over the top high in vitamin C, these tender delights are loved by most people, big and small. Head on out to a local strawberry patch and pick your own. They are wonderful to freeze and enjoy for several months to follow, if they last that long.
This small list of produce, really goes to show that food is in fact medicine. There is no better way to support good health then with good food. I hope you get to enjoy some of these food sensations, so head on out to a local farmers market to give them a try and be healthy.