3 super spring fruits
Eating seasonally helps boost the nutrients you can benefit from since you are eating fruit at its peak. Consuming more fruits and vegetables has long been associated with preventing many lifestyle-related diseases.
Peaking in spring and early summer, strawberries are one of the most refreshing and healthy fruits. Strawberries, like blueberries, are one of the most heavily sprayed fruits with pesticides so make every effort to buy organic.
Strawberries are a super source of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Just one cup of strawberries contains about 150% of your daily vitamin C. This means you get a great immune boost and the benefits of antioxidants reducing oxidative stress. Vitamin C is used by the body to produce collagen that helps repair damaged skin cells and provide a youthful look!
The fiber content of strawberries helps the body avoid a big sugar spike and plays a role in regulating blood sugar. This nutrient-rich fruit may lower the risk of several chronic diseases so add them to your smoothies and salads. Having them as a snack or a healthy dessert is also a great option.
Related to peaches and plums, apricots have a large pit so take a small first bite. Apricots have been part of ancient cultures and their benefits are optimized when eaten fresh.
Apricots are rich in fiber to support digestive health and can stimulate the digestive tract. They also contain minerals that support bone growth and maintenance like calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and iron. These nutrients also help prevent bone conditions like osteoporosis.
The mango is enjoyed worldwide and is one of the highest consumed fruits. A member of the drupe family, it is a distant relative to olives, dates, and coconuts. There are many varieties of mangoes with skin color ranging from red, orange, to yellow, while the flesh is typically a golden yellow.
This delicious fruit provides over 20 vitamins and minerals that result in many health benefits. Mangoes have been associated with decreased risk in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. They also help keep healthy bones, skin and hair, along with boosting energy levels.
If mango is new to you, this video can help with enjoying a fresh mango all on its own. Enjoy mangoes in your smoothies, salads or even as a fresh salsa on wild-caught white fish.
Do you have a favorite mango recipe?