Spring is here! I don't know about you but I can definitely feel it! The days are getting longer and the sun seems to be shining brighter. The air is warming up and blossom is blooming. I'm finding that I have to stop myself from instagramming pics of the beautiful flowers I see on my daily walks!
Just as the seasons change, so do the nutritional requirements of the human body.
Fruits and vegetables that naturally grow in the season you're in provide the nutrition your body requires at that time. Winter foods are hearty and grounding like pumpkin, broccoli and cauliflower. These foods require a more complex digestion process which keeps our body warm. In Spring we're moving towards foods which cleanse the body before Summer where the seasonal fruit and vegetables have a higher water content. These summery foods require simple digestion to keep us cool and hydrated. Mother Nature is so clever!
Shop at farmer's markets when you can as you'll find the best in season fruits and vegetables which have been grown locally to where you live. Look out for specials as they're likely to be the fruits and vegetables that are growing like crazy in the season that they thrive in. Produce at farmer's markets are often organic too.
Here are a few of my favourite Spring foods with a link to a quick and easy recipe to nourish your body and keep your feeling great!
A favourite of many, watermelon is basically made up of more than 90% water with a whole lot of vitamins and minerals. When blitzed it becomes a refreshing drink without the need to add any liquids.
Here is one of my favourite juices which takes only seconds to make and you don't need a juicer!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine foods are believed to have different energies based on the effect they have on the body. Mint is considered to be a cooling food. It's thought that cooling foods draw energy and body fluids towards the centre of the body which helps to keep us feeling cooler. If you've ever had a mint lolly and breathed in through your mouth, you'll know how mint definitely has that cooling effect.
Here is a simple fresh mint tea, a great way to use up leftover mint or when you have an abundance growing in your garden. Mint is excellent for relieving digestive upset so drink after a meal if this applies to you or at any time as a refreshing tea.
Snow peas are delicious in a stir fry or raw just as they are. Another way I love to them is as a sprout. Snow pea sprouts are baby snow pea plants and, just like many other types of sprouts, they are loaded with nutrition.
Here is a simple toast idea to use snow pea sprouts.
Leeks are part of the onion family but they have a much more mellow flavour. Leeks are one of my favourite ingredients for soups but this pie is another great way of using them. This is a perfect Spring time meal served with a refreshing side salad.
Find the recipe here.
Asparagus is an excellent addition to your diet as they contain prebiotic fibres which your gut microbiome will love.
Here is a really easy meal prep recipe which you'll love for Spring time lunches. It also features another excellent Spring vegetable, zucchini.