Spring is in the air, which means farmers’ markets and grocery stores will soon have a variety of healthy options. The trailblazing fruits and vegetables are called trailblazers because they are the ones that lead the season. Seasonal produce is healthy for several reasons. Not only are you supporting your local businesses, but the food also doesn’t have to be transported as far because it’s grown nearby. This means there is no need for added preservatives, and it can be eaten soon after harvest when it contains the maximum nutrients. The FDA also recommends adding variety and diversity to your diet when it comes to nutrients, and mixing it up with produce is a great way to satisfy that need. It also saves money because buying peak produce costs less money.
Broccoli is a very popular vegetable for many reasons. Not only is it pleasant to look at because it resembles a small tree, but it is delicious and versatile. Even many picky eaters will agree to eat broccoli. In addition to being tasty, broccoli is also loaded with health benefits. Full of antioxidants and fiber, it also has more Vitamin C than a same-size orange. It also contains Vitamin A, which the body needs for healthy skin, eyesight, and immune system. As a weapon against Type 2 Diabetes, broccoli uses an anti-inflammatory agent called Kaempferol.
Asparagus comes in green, white, and purple, although green is the most commonly known version. It is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which the body needs for blood clotting abilities. Asparagus also supplies your body with Folate/B9 and other B vitamins, which pregnant women need desperately. It is also a great source of Vitamins A and C. Asparagus also contains a prebiotic called Inulin. This fiber-rich nutrient helps with gut health. Asparagus is also known as a cancer-fighting vegetable.
Carrots and radishes are also nutritionally-dense foods. Carrots are full of beta-carotene, which is incredibly high in Vitamin A. They are also packed with fiber and antioxidants that help your heart and vision. Carotene has been a proven fighter against a variety of cancers. Radishes are the surprising underdog of the produce world. Not many people know they are delicious eaten in tier raw form. They are packed with Vitamins C, B, and potassium.