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Friday, May 8, 2009

Healthy Fruits and Veggies In Season for the Spring

by Damien (a.k.a. Adrian Orozco)

Eating for the season is the best way to get all the natural benefits that nature provides for us. Spring like winter and all the other seasons gives us a variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from. My favorite fruits for the Spring happen to be strawberries and oranges. This is when they are as sweet as nature can get it for us. On the vegetable side it is the Sweet Yellow Corn that the Native American tribe known as the Iroquis enjoyed as a staple in their diets. From another variety of corn came Maize which is well known for its use in making corn tortillas and tamales amongst Mexican, Central American and South American people.

Ofcourse I have other favorites like Spinach and Mango. These fruits and vegetable provide us with many of the essential vitamins and nutrients which protect help protect us from the enviroment and help to promote a healthy body function. Fruits like strawberries provide us with Vitamin C and Folate. Oranges ofcourse also provide us with these important nutrients.

8 medium strawberries can provide you with as much as 2 grams of fiber. With one medium sweet corn you can also get 2 grams of fiber and is also a good source of vitamin C. Did you know that a 1 1/2 cup of Spinach will give you as much as 5 grams of fiber and only has 10 grams of carbohydrates?
The same serving will give you nearly 70 percent of your Vitamin A needs and is also a good source of folate and magnesium. Below is a list of fruits and vegetables that are in peak season for the spring season:

Apricots, Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Butter Lettuce, ChayoteSquash, Chives, Collard Greens, English Peas, Fava Beans, Fennel, Fiddlehead Ferns, Green Beans, Honeydew, Mango, Morel Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Oranges, Limes, Pea Pods,
Pineapple, Ramps, Rhubarb, Snow Peas, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring Baby Lettuce, Strawberries, Sweet Corn, Sugar Snap Peas, Swiss Chard, Vidalia Onions and Watercress.

Make sure to pick a variety of fruits and veggies from this list to ensure that along with your protein and other carbohydrate consumption you are getting all the essential nutrients to prevent any deficiencies. Enjoy your spring!

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