Have you noticed that we can get pretty much any fruit or vegetable all year round?
Look around the produce aisle of your local supermarket and notice what is available, if you were to take a trip to your local Farmers Market would the variety be the same?
Due to food importation we are blessed with a huge variety of fresh produce all year round, the question is, should you eat them out of season?
As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I always encourage my clients to eat a variety of whole foods, however it can be particularly beneficial to eat seasonally to keep your body in harmony with your location and the earth. After all, your body is already made for it— as Integrative Nutrition founder Joshua Rosenthal says 'our ancestors ate seasonally because they had no choice'. Today, modern consumers have so many options it’s up to us to make the educated decision.
Check out our Australian seasonal produce guide here.
If you live overseas you can find a similar guide here.
Here is a list of top real foods to eat this Spring:
Artichokes will prepare your body for an upcoming marathon or spring workout plan as they provide high levels of magnesium, which improves muscle health and gives your body energy while also regulating blood pressure. One medium artichoke contains a whopping 77 mg of magnesium!
Asparagus is packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a nutrient-dense addition to your spring menu. It is high in folic acid and is also a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, and vitamins A and C. Asparagus is also brilliant for maintaining heart health due to its high level of vitamin K. Loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients, asparagus helps reduce common chronic health problems.
Broad Beans are a nutrition powerhouse, not only are they an inexpensive source of lean protein with lots of fiber, they are a top high-folate food and contain vitamin K, vitamin B6, zinc, copper, iron, magnesium and more. Folate is useful for energy metabolism, support of the nervous system and healthy red blood cells, and often recommended for mums-to-be.
Try this Asparagus and Broad Bean with Toasted Almonds recipe, and reap the health benefits of both Asparagus and Broad Beans at the same time!
For a strange looking fruit, passion fruit have a long list of health benefits due to the nutrient, mineral, and vitamin content, including antioxidants. Known for their immune boosting benefits, passion fruit provide 30mg of vitamin C per 100g. As an antioxidant, vitamin C helps reduce the damage of free radicals in the body by neutralising them before they do any harm.
Have you ever noticed that strawberries just aren’t as flavourful in winter? That’s because they are ripest in spring, so it’s important to load up on these berries during their peak. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, fiber and folate. Because of their high antioxidant content, they have the power to boost immunity and fight diseases.
Have you tried eating seasonally?
If so, have you noticed a difference?
What are your favourite spring foods? Let us know in the comments below.