What to Make with Spring Fruits & Vegetables

May 5, 2022

You already know that you should be eating plenty of fresh produce each day. In fact, current recommendations are to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal. With spring upon us, there are some delicious options in supermarkets. Each of them offers health benefits due to their vitamin and mineral content. Those benefits include weight control, a reduced risk of heart disease and a lower chance of developing many kinds of cancer. Not to mention the boost to your immune system that is so important as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. But what if you don’t know what to do with them? You’re in the right place! Here are some ideas for enjoying the fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Make a Salad

The great thing about fruits and vegetables is that many of them are a tasty option for salad. Mix and match your favorites for a new and tasty meal every day. Spring is the perfect time to load your salad with arugula, beets, asparagus, chard, carrots, kale, radishes, pea greens, spinach, grapefruit, apricots and strawberries.

Eat Fruit for Dessert

Many traditional desserts are high in calories, fat and sugar. For that reason, they should be an occasional indulgence, rather than an everyday choice. But like many people, perhaps you crave something sweet to end your meal. If that’s true for you, have a bowl of fruit instead. Spring is the ideal time to enjoy strawberries, kiwis and cherries. Add a bit of whipped cream for a tasty treat that is high in nutrients, but low in calories.

Pair Them with Eggs

Eggs and spring just seem to go together. But instead of a plate of plain scrambled eggs, allow spring vegetables to boost the flavor and the nutrient content of your favorite meal. Make quiche with asparagus, leeks and herbs. Or turn a traditional omelet into an ultra-healthy meal by filling it with morels, spinach and spring onions. And since new potatoes are also a spring veggie, serve them alongside your eggs for a tasty and healthy meal anytime of the day.

Stir a Pot of Soup

It might be spring, but that doesn’t mean that cool nights are gone. When it gets chilly outside, make a pot of soup to keep you warm and healthy. Spring vegetables are a great ingredient for a variety of delicious soups. Use carrots, asparagus, peas, fava beans or potatoes to create a dish that’s comforting and packed with important nutrients.

Spring is a time of new beginnings so what better time than now to focus on healthy eating? Spend some time being creative in the kitchen and you’ll have some tasty new meals you can enjoy serving yourself and your family. If you’re interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, click here. Happy Spring!

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