Each month, we have the exciting edible opportunity to take advantage of nature’s freshest and most special produce: the foods that are truly seasonal. But there’s more to eating seasonally than just buying what’s on sale at the grocery store. This activity is dependent upon a combination of utilizing the newest crops, and eating the foods that most support our body during specific weather patterns and times of transition. For example, you probably wouldn’t crave watermelon much during winter since it’s a cooling food that is packed with electrolytes…not something most of us need when it’s jacket weather. Here are some of the foods that are best to take advantage of in the spring, both in flavor as well as in function:
Radishes – Make your spring dishes really sing with colorful confetti made of fresh radish shavings. Ready to top your next sandwich, pizza, salad or avocado toast? This peppery root is available all year round, but it’s at its prime in the spring. Radishes are well known for their beautifying, antibacterial, antifungal and detoxifying properties, all of which make them an excellent addition to your clean diet line-up. Try to include radishes of all types, including purple, black, ninja and watermelon for a delicious variety.
Strawberries – Strawberries start to make their first appearance toward late spring and the first batches are always the sweetest. Make sure you get your hands on some of these delicacies during the next few months, which make excellent wholesome snacks, breakfasts and desserts. Plentiful antioxidants and impressive vitamin counts make this superfood especially good for decreasing your risk of a springtime cold or flu.
Camu – Spring may be an energizing time for the body, but increased pollen levels can produce a lot of biological stress while the body tries to keep allergies at bay. This sends the immune system into overdrive, so consuming extra Vitamin C can act as an anti-inflammatory tool and keep immunity levels high. As the most condensed source of Vitamin C of all foods, Camu is a must in your springtime food collection.
Wheatgrass – It may seem ironic to treat grass allergies with grass, but this “like treats like” practice is at the core of homeopathic medicine philosophy. Another anti-allergy food with an extremely high chlorophyll content, Wheatgrass helps strengthen your blood and elevate your body’s ability to transport oxygen and nutrition more efficiently. All this translates to a greater ability to ward off pollen “invaders” (well functioning blood and arteries is like being able to drive a delivery truck on a freeway that’s clear of other cars), and amp up your energy at the same time. I like to include lots of Wheatgrass Powder in juices, dips and even mixed into pilafs after they’ve been cooked.
Asparagus – The sturdy tips of asparagus are practically symbols of spring, and can be steamed, roasted, shaved or even blended into soups. Aside from containing plentiful vitamins like A, C, K and E, asparagus is also a natural diuretic, meaning it can enhance your cleansing efforts. A tip: the thinner the asparagus spear, the more tender and flavorful it will be.
Immunity Boost – Beyond your basic fruits and veggies, a dynamic blend of superfoods, whole food ingredients and probiotics will provide the greatest benefits for your body this season. For a healthy dose of Vitamin C and a pleasantly refreshing citrus flavor, add a scoop of Daily Superfood Immunity Boost to your favorite smoothie, juice, cereal or yogurt. In addition to containing Camu, it’s also chock-full of Goji, mushrooms and enzymes to fortify your body’s defense systems in one easy-to-use boost of super nutrition. This curated combination of plant-powered whole foods provides potent vitamins and minerals (50% DV Vitamin C per serving) and nourishes your gut—where 70% of the immune system lives!
But wait, there’s more! Other excellent spring edibles include fava beans, peas, mushrooms (look for morels and chanterelles in particular), artichokes, arugula and baby beets.
So, what do you like to add to your spring diet? Tell us in comments!