When you are trying to eat healthier, you are allowed plenty of fresh produce, and encouraged to enjoy it as much as possible. Produce can get expensive, so it is best that you get the seasonal produce. Plus, this lets you try new recipes every few months. Here are some fruits and vegetables that are in season during the spring.
Spring, is rhubarb season, and this continues through summer and fall as long as it is grown in a more shady place. It’s a tart vegetable that is often used in combination with strawberries for pies, pears for crumbles and various other fruits for desserts. With just a few tweaks in the recipes, you can still make many of these classic desserts with rhubarb, strawberries, honey, and many other natural ingredients. When you are starting to eat healthy, it’s the perfect time to try something new.
While regular onions are typically available year-round in most places, spring onions, also called scallions or green onions, are available in the spring and are best to get during this season. Spring onions are wonderful to add to soups, salads, and many other dishes. You can combine them with asparagus, another vegetable in season during the spring, for a fun and healthy side dish, use them as a garnish on your veggies, or just top your salads with them.
Many leafy greens start growing in the spring, which is why many people actually plant them late in the winter after the final frost. Having leafy greens is essential when you are on a diet. Not only can they help you prepare salads, but the large leaves provide a way for you to wrap up your favorite meals in lieu of using bread or tortillas. Some good leafy greens in season during the spring are romaine, spinach, kale, arugula, and mustard greens. If you can get them uncontaminated by animals, dandelion greens are a very good addition to your salads too.
Asparagus is a spring vegetable that is delicious and nutritious and available fresh starting in late April. It’s low in calories, and a great source for fiber, vitamins A, C, K, folate and more. It can be made into delicious soups, roasted in the oven and even grilled.
Strawberries are in season during the spring, and will last through the summer season as well. Strawberries can be used in so many different ways for your Paleo dishes. You can add them to just about any salad, from a strawberry spinach salad, to a garden salad with a strawberry vinaigrette.
Some other fruits and veggies in season during the spring are apricots in warmer climates where they are grown, new potatoes, avocadoes, artichokes, which have a second season in the fall, but their main season is spring, among others. Try making different recipes with these combinations of produce for the freshest taste in the spring.
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