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Market Fresh: 10 Foods For Spring

Below is an article I did for Glitter Guide this week, featuring 10 foods you’ll find at the farmer’s market this spring, their health benefits, plus a recipe you can make with each. Scroll down to read it in full, and check out the original on Glitter Guide’s website.

You want something delicious? How about freshly picked fruit, or home-grown vegetables straight from the garden? At Glitter Guide, we want to help you eat fresh, tasty food all year round. Today we’re sharing several different kinds of produce you can expect to find at your local farmer’s market this spring. We’ll include their health benefits along with a new recipe to try for each.

Arugula: Packed with vitamins A, C and K, arugula is one of the healthiest greens out there because it’s part of the cruciferous vegetable family (along with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage!). With a slightly bitter and peppery taste, arugula tastes best when mixed with healthy fats like olive oil or avocado.

Recipe To Try: Pistachio Arugula Pesto

Blueberries: It’s not news that blueberries are nutritious—they’re full of cancer-fighting antioxidants and high in vitamins C and K, as well as manganese. Blueberries have also been shown to support heart health, improve blood sugar levels and even boost memory!

Recipe To Try: Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam

Brussels Sprouts: Low in calories and high in fiber, brussels sprouts make an excellent side dish on their own (just roast them!), and can also be easily incorporated into a main dish. Better yet, Brussels sprouts deliver 20 essential nutrients and minerals, including vitamin A, potassium, zinc, selenium and most of the B complex vitamins.

Recipe To Try: Lemony Wheat Berries with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Carrots: As some of you may know, carrots are associated with strong eyesight thanks to their beta-carotene content. They also contribute to glowing skin, improve dental health, and may lower the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.

Recipe To Try: Ginger, Citrus & Black Sesame Carrots with Edamame

Kale: Praised as one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, kale is another green vegetable that belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family. With only 36 calories per cup, this mighty superfood is full of fiber, magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B6, and K.

Recipe To Try: Massaged Kale Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Mushrooms: Often used as a replacement for meat in vegetarian dishes, mushrooms are a good source of protein and antioxidants like selenium, which helps prevent cell damage, and copper, a mineral that aids in the production of red blood cells.

Recipe To Try: Barbecued Tofu and Portobello Salad

Peaches: A healthy choice when you find your sweet tooth taking over, fresh peaches are low in calories and high in fiber and water, which makes them filling and hydrating. They also provide the body with niacin, which is involved in energy metabolism, and also potassium and vitamins C and A.

Recipe To Try: Portobello and Peach Burger

Radishes: Often passed over at the salad bar, we recommend giving radishes a second chance. High in fiber and vitamin C, radishes also contain isothiocyanates, which have been shown to protect against cancer.

Recipe To Try: Everything Salad

Spinach: One of the most nutrient-packed veggies around, a one-cup serving of spinach delivers more than the daily requirement of vitamins A and K, nearly all of the required manganese and folate, and almost half of the recommended amount of magnesium. Spinach also helps fight cancer, improves brain function, protects against aging, and improves heart health.

Recipe To Try: Quinoa Salad with Pears, Baby Spinach and Chickpeas

Strawberries: These popular red berries not only keep your heart healthy, but also raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels, and protect against cancer. They’re also high in antioxidants called polyphenols, as well as manganese, potassium and vitamin C.

Recipe To Try: Spring Salad with Strawberry Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

What’s your favorite springtime food or recipe?

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