Spring officially started March 20th this year and it looks like warmer temperatures are finally here to stay. With the increase of color going on outside from blooming and growing plants, why not add some color to your diet with fruit? Here are some ideas that can help you join in:
With an impressive nutrient profile including lots of vitamin C (immune health, iron absorption) and manganese (antioxidant, metabolism, growth and development), pineapple is an easy way to add color and vitamins to your day. It also has the unique ability to offer relief from chronic inflammation due to its bromelain content.
Just one serving of strawberries (about 8 berries) has more vitamin C than an orange. They’re also packed with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants that combined can help boost heart health and lower blood pressure. You can even get the whole family in on it by going to pick your own strawberries usually in May or June.
Increasing your time outside is great for your vitamin D levels but all those UV rays can be rough on your skin. Blueberries are one of the best sources of natural antioxidants and can help boost your ability to recover from the sun’s rays! They’re also legendary in pancakes and always make yogurt a little more interesting.
Another vitamin C powerhouse, kiwis have an impressive nutrient profile and can help with everything from blood pressure and heart health to digestive health.
To add even more protection from sun exposure, go for apricots. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and E which can help keep your skin (and eyes) healthy and soft all season long.