Most of us tend to put on weight during the winter and spring is the right time to shed those extra pounds. All you need is the power of the Superfoods available fresh during spring. Again, you can get them all in your local supermarket or a grocery store.
Once the spring arrives, you get access to a number of fresh seasonal foods and this is the right time you can experiment with some of the season’s least known Superfoods. You can use these ingredients in your everyday diet to boost your health. So, let us what these all new flavors are.
1. Prickly Pear Cactus
If you have not yet tried this fruit, you have certainly missed out a lot all these seasons. The prickly pear cactus is a fruit that has prickly thorns, but do not let its appearance fool you. The fruit has an amazing juicy center and is quite sweet as well. You can use this fruit to make fruit salads or add them into any healthy dish you are planning to cook. You can as well use the fruit to make a delicious smoothie or a jam that you can even store for the rest of the year. Prickly pear cactus contains more than 88% of water and this is why there are considered to be the best for warm weathers. This is also used by a number of men and women as a slimming treat so that they can easily get rid of those extra winter pounds (1).
A number of people also use this to make an agua fresca and you can have this without any guilt as the fruit is high in fiber and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. It is also said that this fruit is safe for your heart as well.
If you visit a grocery store and feel that Kale has taken over the aisles, then remember that it is indeed for a good reason. Known as the “Queen of greens”, Kale is filled with fiber and just a cup can keep you full and keep all your food cravings at bay. Also, it can provide you with 50 calories and 200% of Vitamin A and about 700% of Vitamin K. Kale is also rich in compounds like lutein and this helps promote your eye health (2). Just add it to a salad and enjoy a healthy meal. If you feel that the large leaves of Kale are bitter, do not worry. You can try baby kale that has small tender leaves with a mild flavor.
Turmeric is an herb that is known for the amazing health benefits it provides. It has a very bold flavor and is bright yellow in colour. Turmeric is known for the anti-inflammatory properties it has and hence it helps reduce any risk of heart attacks or diabetes (3). Also, turmeric is known to have curcumin, which can aid in weight loss (4). So, add turmeric to your everyday dishes and enjoy the health benefits it offers.
If you have seen a bountiful supply of this amazing herb, you very well know that the spring is here. Asparagus is rich in vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals and these keep diseases like cancer and diabetes at bay (5). Asparagus also has amino acid, which acts as a natural diuretic and hence people suffering from high blood pressure need to include it in their everyday diet. You can roast it or just stir fry this vegetable. Make sure you keep the dish simple – just add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of olive oil and just a few drops of lemon juice. You can even toss in the cooked Asparagus with pasta or any egg-based dish as well.
We hear a lot about the benefits of ginger and with the arrival of spring, you can see an abundance of fresh ginger almost everywhere. If you have a backyard garden, you can grow it all by yourself as well. Ginger also has a very beautiful aroma and its flavor is a little spicy and zesty at the same time. This flavor makes it unique and thus you can add it to a number of dishes to give them a unique flavor. Ginger provides a number of positive benefits to your health and helps in the treatment of different kinds of cancer, inflammatory diseases, and nausea, arthritis and muscle pains (6, 7, 8). You can even add diced or finely chopped ginger to your rice dishes along with olive oil and soya sauce. You can even try adding freshly grated ginger to sweet potatoes – it tastes divine.
Now that you know about the 5 power-packed spring Superfoods, it is time you try them and shed those extra pounds. Enjoy delicious food and lose weight at the same time.