In nature, spring is a time of rejuvenation and growth; buds start appearing on trees with the promise of juicy, succulent fruits and beautiful flowers, animals lazily stretch and re-emerge from their burrows where they have enjoyed a long, winter sleep and of course the days start to get longer and brighter. Spring is definitely a beautiful season that gives people a spring in their step and boosts moods everywhere. Just as nature rejuvenates itself, now is the perfect time to rejuvenate and detox yourself too to prepare for the long summer days ahead. These are a few of the top spring super foods our friends in the Northern hemisphere should be sure to include on the next family picnic to ensure optimal nourishment and act as a natural detox.
Walnuts For Satisfying Hunger Pangs
Walnuts are delicious eaten alone, dipped in dark chocolate or incorporated into a delicious spring salad. They are also high in an important amino acid called tryptophan that is responsible for creating the feel-good chemical called serotonin. Eat a few of these and not only will they satisfy any hunger pangs you have, but they will also boost your mood and help your body deal with stress.
Keep Up Energy Levels With Spinach
Instead of just using lettuce in your spring salads, make sure to add tons of spinach too! This not only keeps it interesting, spinach is a very rich source of iron, which is essential to keep up energy levels and prevent fatigue or that afternoon slump. Eating some spinach at lunch will ensure you are ready for that afternoon bike ride in the park!
Salmon To Combat Ageing
This oily fish is jam-packed with essential fatty acids called omega-3 fats that are absolutely fantastic for your health. Not only will these omega-3 fats keep you looking young by preventing wrinkles and keeping skin hydrated and dewy, they are essential for heart and brain health. Aim for at least 2-3 servings of fish a week and add a side of antioxidant-rich black rice for a meal fit for a king!
Improve Memory Function with Blueberries
No spring food list is complete without the addition of these small yet powerful berries. Why powerful? Blueberries are rich in a potent antioxidant called anthocyanins, which protect against a variety of diseases including some forms of cancer. Blueberries have also been shown to improve memory and prevent age-related memory decline as well as improve it if roughly one cup of blueberries is eaten a day or two and a half cups of blueberry juice.
Delicious on-the-go blueberry smoothie recipe:
1 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 banana, 1 glass pomegranate juice and a handful of spinach leaves. The result is a delicious and refreshing drink that tastes so good, you will even fool the kids!
Rejuvenate Your Skin With Carrots
Carrots might not be everyone’s favourite vegetable, but when juiced will surprise you with the delicious and surprisingly sweet taste. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which when consumed is converted into vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin, good vision, immune health and cell growth. Juices are also perfect to experiment with during the spring time as they are revitalizing, rejuvenating and detoxing and are packed with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.
Juice some carrots, some pineapple and throw in a lemon to add some zing to a super healthy drink.
Maintain Blood Cholesterol Levels With Spring Onions
Also known as green onions in some parts of the world, these are delicious tossed into a salad or topped on a cheesy dish. Rich in vitamins as well as sulfur, Spring onions come with an array of health benefits including lowering high blood pressure and maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels. Don’t forget to add these delicious onions to your next dish!
Remember to make sure you’re eating certified organic and locally grown if possible.
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