We don’t know about you but we couldn’t wait for winter to go away. We missed the long, sunnier, warmer days that announce our favorite season: spring. One of the reasons we love spring is the fact that fresh vegetables are easier to find. We’ve had enough of the supermarket pumped, synthetic veggies. We want the real stuff: vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and minerals. And what better sources of these great nutrients, than vegetables? Ladies and gentlemen, here are 10 smashing spring vegetables that you must indulge in this season. They are yummy, delicious, easy to find, affordable and most of all, extremely beneficial for our health.
Artichoke is a great spring veggie because it tastes delicious and it’s rich in nutrients like fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous and other essential minerals. Artichokes are well known for being very beneficial for liver health, especially for those who have a low liver function. This yummy spring vegetable is also beneficial against gout, arteriosclerosis and migraines. Not to mention, it lowers blood sugar and improves digestion. So what more can we want from a vegetable?
When talking about smashing spring vegetables we cannot forget about asparagus. The best months for this healthy vegetable are April and May. It’s very easy to prepare – you can steam it, grill it, roast it – and it’s rich in vitamin K (which is important for bone health) and folate (which helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system).
We just love beet juice! Mix it with some fruits and you’ve got yourself a healthy and delicious smoothie. Beets are rich in fiber, vitamin A and C and they have more iron than any other vegetables. Yes, even spinach. Beets are also a great source of potassium, calcium, phosphorous and folic acid. All these minerals and vitamins help protect us from heart disease. The red color of the beet comes from the betalains, which are powerful antioxidants.
We’ve had it with frozen peas. At least until next winter. Peas are smashing spring vegetables not only because they make a delicious cream soup but also because they are rich in vitamins and nutrients like flavinoids, carotenoids, phenolic acids, polyphenols, vitamin K and fiber. Peas are also very low-fat.
Although not the best looking vegetable on our list we all know that looks can be deceiving. Celeriac is actually a smashing source of vitamin C, vitamin K, B6, potassium, phosphorous, manganese and magnesium. All these great nutrients are important for keeping a healthy blood. Celeriac is also an excellent source of fiber which helps the digestive transit.
A member of the cruciferous vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale), the radish is one of those underrated smashing spring vegetables. They add flavor to our spring salads and are packed with health benefits like vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Radishes are basically good for everything: from skin care to constipation.
Spinach needs no introduction. It’s a nutritional powerhouse and a tasty vegetable for salads too. Spinach is packed with iron, calcium, vitamins K and A, and fiber. As any other leafy green veggies, spinach is also rich in antioxidants.
3. Spring Onions
Another great vegetable for salads is, of course, spring onion. They are also very low in calories and high in antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Spring onions are also famous for their antibacterial properties.
A great thing about spring is that we can indulge in many types of salads. One of our personal favorites is lettuce salad. Lettuce is very low in calories, helping with weight loss. Another great benefit of lettuce is that it is great for the heart because of its content of vitamin C and beta carotene, preventing plaque.
1. Green Garlic
Green garlic carries all the amazing health benefits as the normal garlic. It contains allicin, which is a natural antibiotic that fights infections. Green garlic is also rich in iron, which helps in case of anemia, and it’s also good for the heart because it contains polysulfides. Green garlic kills gastrointestinal parasites as well.
This was our list of smashing spring vegetables. Which is your favorite? Do you want to tell us about other spring vegetables? Please share in the comment section below.