Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Spring Spring Spring April 15, 2010

Got to love the season of Spring! Time to hit the farmers market and pick up a few of these ‘in season’ fruits and veggeies! Remember how important it is to support your local farmers market. With out farms we wouldn’t have fresh food.

To find a farmers market near you just google ‘farmers market’ and your city name. If you live in CA check this site out: http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/index.cfm

 What’s in season?

Asparagus: A good source of vitamins C and A, you’ll often find it roasted as a side dish.  Skip the sauces that often come with it to keep it light.

Spinach: This versatile vegetable can be found in anything from omelets to soups to salads and everything in between.  It is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium and vitamins A and C. Request spinach in place of iceberg lettuce to get even more of a good thing.

Sugar Snap Peas: An excellent source of vitamin C, look for this sweet and crisp greens in Asian foods, such as a spicy stir-fry.  Ask for the sauce on the side and add sparingly to really enjoy the flavor of these sweet, seasonal treats.

Strawberries: These good sources of fiber are easy to enjoy on their own or as part of almost any kind of dish.  Your favorite restaurant may incorporate them into smoothies, salads, or fresh fruit bowls.  Look for dishes that let the strawberry’s flavor shine through without added sugar.

Cherries: Like strawberries, these national favorites are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin C and can be used in a variety of dishes.  Look for them fresh or dried, and if you can’t resist the pie, make sure you share the slice with friends!

(Healthy Dining Newsletter)

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