5 Heart-Healthy Fruits & Veggies To Eat This Spring

Friday, April 16, 2021

Spring has finally sprung here in Georgia – and there’s so much to love about the season. All this sun-filled weather makes it easy to get outside and stay active. The same could be said for all the delicious and heart-healthy produce that’s in season. With fruits and vegetables galore, it makes it easier – and tastier – to enjoy nutritious and delicious foods.

Of course, we all love strawberries, nectarines and spring lettuce, like arugula, but there are several other fruits and veggies you don’t want to miss. Plus, many of these seasonal favorites are rich in vitamins and nutrients that help to support heart health.

Here are 5 items you should add to your grocery list, plus a few recipe ideas you’re sure to love:

1. Asparagus

This flavorful and versatile veggie is easy to steam, grill or roast, but what really sets it apart is the ample antioxidants, folate and potassium it offers – all of which help to support heart health. In fact, several studies have shown that potassium can help lower blood pressure!

Recipe Ideas: Try this favorite Sauteed Garlic Asparagus recipe or simply try grilling it!

2. Pineapple

While pineapple is often thought of as a summertime favorite, you can start enjoying it as early as April and May. Similar to asparagus, pineapple has ample potassium, a nutrient that helps lower blood pressure, along with fiber and vitamin C.

Recipe Ideas: Get creative and use pineapple as a part of your entrée with this Pineapple Chicken recipe or mix it up in a delicious fruit salad with other seasonal fruits, like strawberries.

3. Avocados

Of course, everyone enjoys freshly-made guacamole (in moderation) – but there’s so much more to love about this “fruit.” Not only are they high in monosaturated fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation, they’re also packed full of folate, potassium and vitamin K. Because of all these nutrients, and more, avocados have been shown to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Recipe Ideas: If you haven’t tried avocado toast, this recipe may be the perfect chance! Or go for this popular Avocado Quinoa Power Salad.

4. Artichokes

Outside of spinach and artichoke dip, this tasty thistle vegetable is often forgotten about, but not because it doesn’t have an impressive amount of vitamins and nutrients. In fact, artichokes typically contain nearly a quarter of your daily recommended amount of fiber, and they’re considered one the most antioxidant-rich vegetables. All of this, plus luteolin, an antioxidant that helps reduce cholesterol levels, makes artichokes extremely heart healthy!

Recipe Ideas: Knowing where to start when cooking an artichoke is essential, here are some easy steps to follow. Once you’re a pro, there are plenty of fun recipes you’ll be eager to try!

5. Radishes

This peppery and flavorful root vegetable is most well known for its bright red color – and surprisingly, its high amount of antioxidants, calcium and potassium. In addition to these heart-boosting nutrients, radishes are also a great source of nitrates, which can be beneficial for blood flow.

Recipe Ideas: The classic way to enjoy radishes is with a fresh salad, why not give this Farro Salad with Arugula, Radishes & Goat Cheese a try? Even better, mix together radishes and turnips in this Turnip Hash & Fried Eggs recipe.

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