Here are three super-star foods that are in season during Spring with tips on why they are good for you and easy, delicious ways to prepare them.
Asparagus is rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrients which are proven to reduce the risk of chronic disease like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It is also a useful food for digestive support as it’s a great source of fiber and inulin – a type of carbohydrate (prebiotic) that feeds the good bacteria (probitotics) of your gut. Try this recipe for a simple and delicious side dish
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon & Olives
1 bunch asparagus (about 1 lb)
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
¼ cup kalamata olives, halved
Pre-heat oven to 375. Snap off & discard bottoms of asparagus. Toss spears to coat with olive oil. Spread on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Roast for 10 minutes, little less for thin asparagus, little more for thick asparagus. Before serving, squeeze lemon juice and/or zest and top with olives.
An under-appreciated member of the cruciferous vegetable family (ie: broccoli, cabbage, kale), radishes pack a powerful nutrient punch containing phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are cancer protective and support healthy digestion and detoxification. High in vitamin C they help boost your immunity and in Chinese medicine they are used to reduce excess mucus, clear sinuses, and soothe sore throats. Radishes are great for scooping up dips like hummus and they also go great in salads like this Red Radish & Cucumber Salad.
Rich in anti-oxidants and high in vitamin C, strawberries boost immunity, lower inflammation, and protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease. Best enjoyed straight from the pint you buy at the market, but they also make delicious smoothies. Try this recipe for a quick and healthy breakfast and join us on May 12th for a workshop that will teach you more Strategies for Eating Healthy on the Run (info above).
Strawberry & Almond Smoothie (1 serving)
1 tablespoon almond butter
3 raw walnuts
1 cup liquid (water, coconut water, unsweetened coconut or almond milk)
½ cup strawberries
½ teaspoon fresh gingerroot, peeled
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
2 to 3 ice cubes, if desired
Blend together and enjoy.