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Seasonal Produce in May!

Your diet should be as colourful as possible. By eating a variety of foods and trying different fruits and vegetables, you’ll ensure that your body has the valuable vitamins and minerals it needs. There’s a reason that produce is seasonal and not available year round. Mother Nature gives us the nutrients we need during the seasons we need them most.

THESE ARE THE TOP 5 FOODS IN MAY:

1. ASPARAGUS

Since asparagus is 90% water, it is particularly low in calories. One hundred grams of the vegetable has just 20 calories. Asparagus contains a lot of valuable nutrients, like vitamin C, vitamin E and B vitamins. It also has aspartic acid (hence the name), which stimulates the kidneys and acts as a diuretic. Plus, asparagus is considered a prebiotic.

Tip: This healthy food tastes best with fish, as a soup, salad or in quiche. Anyone that knows me here at SLFitness knows I love asparagus with a piece of steak!


2. STRAWBERRIES

What tastes better than juicy strawberries? The low-calorie berries are loaded with tons of important nutrients: strawberries score points with their vitamin C, fibre and versatility. You can snack on them, enjoy them in your cereal in the morning or make jam with them. Or you could just slice them up into your asparagus salad. This combination tastes especially delicious.


3. SPINACH

Do it like Popeye the Sailor and integrate spinach into your diet regularly. The dark leafy green is packed with fibre, minerals and antioxidants. Antioxidants support your immune system and keep you healthy. As spinach provides a lot of folate (145 mcg per 100 g), it is a particularly important food for pregnant women.

Are you looking for recipes with spinach? Make yourself a crunchy salad with apples, walnuts, cranberries and feta. Spinach can also pep up your green smoothie.

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4. RHUBARB

The sweet and sour taste of rhubarb is not for everyone, but you should still give it a try. After all, this plant, a member of the Polygonaceae family, is very low calorie (100 g = 21 cal). Rhubarb tastes especially tasty stewed or in cake (combined with strawberries, for example). And it’s healthy to boot – the high vitamin C content strengthens your immune system.


5. RADISHES

Pink, peppery and so good for you! These little roots are part of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes the Daikon radish.

Radishes are a secret weapon against fungi and bacteria, especially in the gut. Powerful mustard oils (plant extract) are responsible for this. In addition, radishes have only 16 calories per 100 g, so they are extremely low in calories. Go ahead and eat a few servings! The vegetable tastes best raw in a salad or on a slice of whole grain bread with a lot of chives.

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