Spring is finally here! If you’re up north like me, it may be hard to believe due to this terrible weather we’ve been having, but March 20th officially marked the first day of spring.
I get excited for spring because it means the start of warmer weather and finally some leaves on the trees. Food-wise, it means finally fresh, in-season produce! As you know from the blog post “A Healthy New Year,” I have been trying to make some more health-conscious choices in my eating habits this year. One of the easiest ways to do this has been to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Spring means that more fruits and veggies will finally be in season!
A list of vegetables that are harvested in the spring can be found here. Many leafy green veggies are harvested in the spring, making spring time the perfect season to start eating fresh salads again. Some of the in-season veggies I like to include in my salads are sliced radishes, shredded carrots, lettuce (obviously), mixed with a bit of kale for its nutrients. Kale is very
low in calories, but high in iron and other vital vitamins. I prefer to tear some up into small pieces and mix it in with my other greens, or eat it cooked. One healthy recipe from the Forq app I am dying to try is this White Bean and Kale Soup!
Cauliflower and broccoli are also spring veggies, and are some of my favorite things to cook with. In a previous blog post, I discussed my love of cauliflower and my first attempt at making a cauliflower pizza crust. It is such a versatile vegetable! Its closely related family member, broccoli, is one of my all-time favorite veggies. I could eat it every day just steamed with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. If it is cooked right (not overcooked to become mushy), it is incredibly flavorful all on its own. Broccoli goes hand-in-hand with cheese like in this Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, or is perfect in other dishes such as this Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli.
Last but not least, we have to talk about carrots! In my opinion, they are highly underrated. The most I see of carrots lately seems to be a few slices to add a pop of color to a boring salad. Carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals that help with vision, clear skin, and give the immune system a boost. Raw carrots are a great snack, or boiled with just some butter, salt, and pepper as a side dish to dinner. Or, if you want to make a healthy meal out of it, this 5-Ingredient Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup is the way to go!