Buying fruits and veggies that are in season is an easy way to stay healthy. Buying in season has tons of benefits: Produce is generally less expensive, more flavorful and more nutritious than produce that’s out of season. The key to a healthy diet is eating a variety of different foods, so buying in-season produce can be a great way to incorporate different fruits and veggies into your diet. This spring, look out for these nutrition powerhouses: strawberries, guavas, asparagus, artichokes and cherries.
Strawberries are full of antioxidants called anthocyanins. These antioxidants help clear up damaging free-radical cells in the body and can help prevent certain diseases. A 1 cup serving of strawberries also gives you 3 grams of fiber, which helps maintain digestive health.
One medium guava contains 2 times the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and helps protect the body’s cells. Tip: Choose guavas that are soft to the touch, which indicates ripeness. In addition, they should smell slightly sweet when you put them up to your nose.
Asparagus is a good source of vitamin A (good for your eyes) and vitamin E (great for your skin). To make sure your body absorbs optimal amounts of these vitamins, cook your asparagus with some sort of oil (like roasting it with olive oil). The extra fat will promote proper digestion and absorption.
Artichokes are a good source of potassium. Consuming enough potassium is a natural way to maintain healthy blood pressure. Artichokes also pack tons of fiber: a medium-sized artichoke has about 7 grams of fiber (28% of the daily recommended intake).
Much like strawberries, cherries distinct red color is also given to them by anthocyanins. However, cherries are also a natural source of melatonin, which helps regulate our internal clock. This is why cherries are often considered a sleep-promoting food.
Bobby is the community and social media manager at Zipongo. He has a degree in nutrition and dietetics and previously worked as a health educator.