Eating what’s in season isn’t just more environmentally friendly, it’s also a really important way to help keep your body in balance. Our bodies have spent thousands of years eating what was naturally available during the various seasons of the year, and nature has this miraculous way of providing what we need, when we need it.
Here at Countertop, we are big fans of eating seasonally because seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and have a much higher nutritional content than produce which is out of season. A seasonal diet is diverse and provides your body with a whole host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which change regularly and benefit your health and wellbeing.
Spring is finally here, and in Ayurveda that means starting to get things moving inside and out in fresh ways to bring health and rejuvenation. In winter we tend to hold on to a lot of fluid. Getting outside and moving your body will help move the excess water out, as will eating early spring veggies like asparagus, collard greens, chard, and green beans.
Asparagus has SO much good stuff in it and it tastes yummy in so many different ways. This tall, skinny vegetable is a great diuretic that will help cleanse and support toxin removal and reduce bloating. It also boasts a long list of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are exceptionally good for women, pregnant and postpartum.
Asparagus is a good source of:
- Vitamin A: eye health, antioxidant & anti-inflammatory
- Vitamin B6: natural aphrodisiac
- Vitamin C: antioxidant & immune-boosting
- Vitamin E: strengthens immune system, powerful antioxidant, stimulates sex hormones
- Vitamin K: bone health & blood coagulation
- Anthocyanins: purple asparagus powerful antioxidant
- Asparagine: diuretic & flushes toxins
- Calcium: bone health
- Choline: cell & neurotransmitter health
- Copper: energy support, antioxidant, helps manufacture collagen
- Fiber: keeps you feeling satiated, helps digestion, prevents bloating
- Folate: mood boosting, natural aphrodisiac & if you’re already pregnant, so good for bebe
- Iron: energy & oxygen transportation
- Magnesium: blood sugar balance, nervous system support, bone health, energy production
- Manganese: bone production, collagen production, blood sugar balance, potent antioxidant
- Niacin (B3): energy production, antioxidant
- Pantothenic Acid: energy production, fat metabolism
- Phosphorus: cell function, maintains energy
- Potassium: kidney health
- Protein: muscle building
- Quercetin: an amazing flavonoid linked to reducing risk of cardiovascular disease
- Riboflavin (B2): energy production, iron metabolism, antioxidant protection
- Selenium: supports thyroid function
- Thiamin (B1): energy production & immune system support
- Tryptophan: relaxes & boosts mood
- Zinc: immune support, improves sense of taste & appetite
- Wrap ends with a damp towel as soon as you get it home
- Try to consume within the first 48 hours for peak benefits
- Don’t overcook
- Eat with some fat and protein to maximize nutrient absorption
- Add to Kitcheri
Along with all these amazing benefits of asparagus, soft salad greens and berries are perfect this time of year as they are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Toss veggies with some Golden Butter or add some Chai Blends with Benefits into your berry smoothie for an extra boost of flavor and function.
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