Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Seasonal Food In Spring

  Today you can enjoy any food throughout the year, but the vegetables and fruits that are in season have several important and irreplaceable advantages over everything else. What and why you can eat in spring?
  Seasonal local food means food that ripens in our region each different season. Local food has a much better flavor than imported and artificially ripened food because it's fresh. Seasonal food has higher nutritional value and much smaller negative imprint on the environment as it is not transported from distant countries, and it is produced artificially by using a lot of energy. Here's what can be found fresh in the spring:

  Carrots: Carrots contain a lot of Vitamin A, and it makes an excellent source of this vitamin and enhancer of our eyesight. Besides this, the lutein that carrots contain reduces the likelihood of cataracts; reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes. Carrot is rich in carotenoids, which protect the oral cavity from any infections, protect the throat and lung against cancer. Moreover, it is delicious and super low-calorie.

   Baby potatoes: They have very little fat and lots of vitamins and minerals. They contain lots of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) that the body needs to release energy from carbohydrates we consume from other foods. Baby potatoes contain other B vitamins and vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and folic acid. Baked or boiled, potatoes are spring delicacy which is good for you.

  Spinach: Spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant and excellent for the overall health. Spinach contains many vitamins and minerals that slow down aging of the skin, as well as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which are the best natural re-generators  Serve it fresh, in various combinations of salads, because if you overcook it, spinach loses all its nutritional value.

  Beets: This root is unique because of its unique antioxidant pigments that have a strong effect in slowing the aging process. Moreover, beets protect against coronary disease and regulate cholesterol levels. Beets should be eaten fresh or slightly cooked.

  Peas: Peas are good for all who watch their weight, people who are on a diet for diabetes or heart disease. It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Vitamins C, E and K, and zinc. Peas are rich in dietary fiber that is super- good for the regulation of appetite and blood sugar.

  Strawberries: Late in the spring, strawberries come into season. Containing everything that is good for you as vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and most important antioxidants, strawberries are super delicious. Use them for light desserts, in addition to salads and as a healthy snack. Also, with strawberries you can make various healthy drinks such as smoothies, shakes, vitamin water, etc...

  There is something magical you can find when we talk about spring: fresh spices. From the beginning of March you can find fresh spicy greens like dill, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, fennel and others. Use them fresh, there's no better choice (tested personally).

  The Sun will be more and more out in the days ahead. It is not a bad idea to start right now, and go out more often, especially on weekends to the nearby mountains or rivers. It's also a good idea to add protein to your diet and visit some fish farms, and have a good healthy lunch with fresh fish, or simply use fresh fish in the diet of the account frozen.  For the more courageous and adventurous, give yourself a new task this spring and learn how to fish. It can be a lot of fun to do it with friends and family, it is healthy to spend time in nature, and a great way to release stress. Among other things, you will be able to capture fresh spring fish, which will be a great addition in your healthy spring diet.

  Get outside, take a walk to the local green market and breathe in the gifts of spring. The good things in life are always simple, use them!

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