Let’s talk Spring. Is it here yet for you? I felt like Spring took it’s sweet time making its grand entrance into Georgia, but now that it’s here, it was so worth the wait. For a long time I thought that Summer was my favorite season. As I am getting older I am realizing that I have a newfound respect for Spring and for Fall– I think it’s important to recognize that the seasons of weather aren’t a whole lot different than the seasons of our lives. For example: after going through something really hard or trying (winter), it feels so good when you start to have days that you feel like you again (spring). I think Spring is full of promise, anticipation and excitement– school is just about out, summer days are around the corner, and last but not least, some of the best produce is in season.
I have mentioned before, but when Rico and I were in college, I would have to really be mindful of what we spent our money on. Groceries seemed to be one of the things that would get the leftover, if that makes sense. Our diets weren’t the best, but they were definitely better than the average college diet. Now that we aren’t in college, I think it is safe to say that groceries are far from being where our “leftover” finances go, and more so, the priority. Have you heard the saying “food is your medicine, or food is your disease”? It’s true. We put absolute garbage into our bodies and then wonder why we are sluggish, lacking in energy, sick all of the time, and downright feel like shit. It is important to eat with the seasons for a few reasons, firstly, it’s cost effective– ever notice how a small container of strawberries costs $5.99 some months and then sometimes they’re 3 containers for $5.99= seasonal. Second, our bodies need a reboot after the heavy foods of winter, aka, summer body is right around the corner.
I have listed below the top ten Spring produce items that you need to incorporate into your life, enjoy!
- Arugula. High in vitamins and nutrients, mood booster, helps to cleanse the blood and detoxify.
- Asparagus. Excellent for skin, hair and nails, promotes mental clarity, helps to prevent psoriasis and acne.
- Basil. Fights the aging effect or free radicals, antimicrobial (balances your gut).
- Blueberry. Rich source of vitamin C, boosts collagen and skin elasticity, treats damaged blood vessels, and supports connective tissue.
- Cilantro. Regulates blood sugar, rich in antioxidants= one of the best things for treating inner inflammation.
- Leafy Greens. Vitamins, minerals, age-fighting phytochemicals– pretty much do more for you internally than any night cream or beauty product can. Nutrients in greens help to support new growth and cell repair.
- Quinoa. Amino acids (high in protein), heals wounds and repairs skin cells, high in fiber and great for metabolism.
- Salmon. High in Omega-3 fatty acids which help in plumping the skin, boosts collagen production, high in selenium which helps to repair sun damage to the skin.
- Seaweed. High in iodine which supports the thyroid, maintains proper metabolic function, helps with weight management, mood and energy.
- Spinach. High in iron, vitamin A & C, boosts collagen, repairs skin, vitamin K keeps skin clear and reduces inflammation, improves health of the eyes and to treats acne.
Take a minute to do a little self check: how many of the above items have you consumed in the last week? For me personally, I panic if a meal doesn’t have something green in it. Green is good. If you are confused at how to incorporate these items into your diet I have listed below some recipes/ideas… to make it really simple, think spring = salads!
- Sushi (but be mindful of all of the extra sauces on top, lots of hidden sugars and empty calories).
- Salads with arugula, mixed greens, spinach.
- Guacamole with extra cilantro.
- Sautéed spinach with garlic.
- Quinoa salad, serve cold with chopped asparagus, any other veggies of choice and top with fresh basil.
- Grilled salmon with asparagus.
- Blueberry smoothie with spinach and almond milk.
What we eat is directly correlated to how we feel. I have found that being mindful of what goes into my body has helped me not just to feel better, but to love myself better. I hope that this post can help you to do the same!
here’s to flowers and new life. xo, G