Thursday, March 20

A Guide to Seasonal Spring Produce

California grows about 80-90% of all fruits and vegetables in America, so one can see why these seasons are important. Even if you don't live in California or go to local farmer's markets, this guide can be helpful to anyone that purchases produce from the U.S. Not only does food taste amazing when in season, but purchasing these plants in season also helps sustain a healthy earth because the farming is in tune with nature.

So without further ado, these are some of my favorites that I like to eat in the springtime. They nourish me, and I love going to the markets because I know when I'm suppose to be eating what. If it's at the market then it's in season, and this is also a great way to get the freshest, best-tasting produce year round. It also makes one's diet interesting, because I can't wait to have it again when that time of year comes around.


Here are my spring favorites:

Grapefruit - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, juiced for a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and is high in water content. It's also amazing at boosting the immune system, lowering cholesterol levels, and aiding in weight loss.

Peaches - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and phosphorus. They're also wonderful for the skin, reducing hair loss, and maintaining eye health.

Nectarines - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, phosphorus, and niacin. They're also good for the teeth, strong bones, and keeping the heart healthy.

Apricots - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, and a healthy source of fat. They're also fantastic for cancer prevention, keeping eyes healthy, and maintaining mucus membrane health.

Cherries - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, niacin, and a healthy source of fat. They're also fabulous for inflammation relief, a sleep aid, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Mushrooms - Used in sauces, diced in soups, as a garnish, blended in a salad dressing, sliced on salads, and blended in smoothies. A great source of vitamin B6, C, D, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, protein, copper, and phosphorus. They're also brilliant at strengthening the immune system, protecting the cells from damage, and keeping bones healthy.

Fava Beans - Used in sauces, blended or whole in soups, eaten raw, in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, sodium, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and a healthy source of fat. They're also excellent for stimulating growth hormones, anti-aging, and maintaining healthy brain function.

Green Onions - Used in sauces, blended or diced in soups, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, and chopped on salads. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and omega-6 fatty acids. They're also outstanding for maintaining healthy bones, preventing high blood pressure, and boosting the immune system.

Lettuce - Used as a garnish, in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, protein, and is high in water content. It's also incredible at improving digestion, keeping skin glowing, and maintaining a healthy liver.

Parsley - Used in sauces, minced in dips, blended or chopped in soups, as a garnish, chewed for fresh breath, in a salad dressing, in vitamin water, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, and protein. It's also terrific for the lungs, bad breath, and stimulating the adrenals.

Mint - Used in sauces, in vitamin water, as a tea, eaten raw, as a garnish, chewed for fresh breath, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and frozen in popsicles. A great source of vitamin A, C, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, and protein. It's also phenomenal for headache relief, maintaining healthy skin, and stimulating cognitive function.

Sage - Used in sauces, in vitamin water, as a tea, chewed for whitening teeth, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, and protein. It's also awesome for eye health, cancer prevention, and maintaining healthy mucus membranes.

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♡ Claudia