Spring Clean to Make Room for the Season's Finest Produce

March 23, 2015

Shop seasonally with SupermarketGuru to get the most nutrition for your buck!

Friday marked the first day of spring - the time when farmers markets, green grocers and our local supermarkets experience an influx of spring fruits and vegetables. Choosing foods that are in season and maybe even local -meaning they are produced closer therefore in the ground longer – means that our meals will be fresher, more nutritious, flavorful, cost less, and on top of that when the season comes for your favorite fruit or vegetable, you will truly enjoy and savor it at its best!

Luckily the coming months boast some of the most colorful and flavorful produce of the year, so shop seasonally with SupermarketGuru to get the most nutrition for your buck!

Eating “seasonally” will allow you to diversify your diet; you may discover some fruits and vegetables that you love and didn’t even know existed! As well as offering some great flavors, spring vegetables are true nutritional stars.

Here are some of the nutrition benefits of spring’s finest fruits and vegetables:

Strawberries, kiwis, all types of leafy greens, oranges, mangos, and asparagus are all great sources of the potent antioxidant and immune booster vitamin C. Just a reminder, vitamin C-rich foods help protect cells from free radical damage, help with vitamin E regeneration, improve iron absorption, and some believe vitamin C may shorten the duration or help prevent colds.

Many spring fruits and vegetables also serve up an excellent ‘dose’ of vitamin A, which functions to preserve and improve eyesight as well as help fight viral infections. Some of the best spring sources include carrots, apricots, mangos, and leafy greens such as spinach, kale, Swiss chard, mustard and dandelion greens.

Other tasty spring standouts include artichoke, asparagus, carrots, fava beans, peas, radishes, spring onions, and mushrooms as stand alone side dishes showcasing springs finest flavors.

Use SupermarketGuru’s suggestions to make a shopping list, or ask the produce manager in your local supermarket to direct you to the freshest seasonal picks, as they vary regionally.

Happy and healthy spring shopping and enjoy!