You’ve probably heard the rule of the grocery store: Stick to the outer portion for the healthiest foods. If you’re looking for whole foods, why not focus on the produce section and pick up some fruits and vegetables that are in season? Whether your diet is plant-based or you regularly eat meat, you’ll get much-needed nutrients from these fresh choices. Eating seasonally is recommended, as you’ll get the highest quality and wider range of foods in your diet. Since these are all in season in the spring, you’ll get the best pickings to prepare.
In the last few years, beets have been said to benefit endurance athletes. Beets themselves are the root portion of the plant and are in season starting in the spring. Athletes often turn to beet juice, but try throwing them in a fresh salad for a seasonal spin.
When you think of Vitamin C you probably just think of oranges, but strawberries are a great source of it, as well. Strawberries really hit peak season in late April and the majority are grown in California. With so many ways to eat them—in a smoothie, salad or even dipped in chocolate—these are a fruit to add to your weekly shopping list.
You may see these and have no idea where to start, but artichokes are packed with fiber and low in cholesterol. You can eat the leaves and the heart of the plant; the whole thing is not edible. Artichokes make a great side dish—try dipping it in melted ghee—or can be added to pasta and pizza with some olive oil.
This little citrus fruit packs a big punch. Of course you don’t want to take a big bite, but starting your day off with some lemon water is a great way to boost digestion and your immune system. It is a great addition to a DIY salad dressing—just add a squeeze of the juice to some olive oil and spices—or zest it for a little extra flair. You’ll get a ton of vitamin C and other nutrients from both the pulp and rind.
Get an added dose of greens with this vegetable, which can be sauteed, steamed or just eaten raw. You’ll get vitamin C and K from the florets, and it's currently in peak season, though it is grown year-round.