It’s that time of year for the plants and flowers to bloom. That means new produce is growing too! This is a great time of year to start including more salads and vegetables on the grill. Try boosting the nutritional value and flavor of your vegetables with antioxidant rich seasonings such as oregano and ginger.

Check out your local resources for seasonal fruits and veg in your location. Here is what you can look forward to over the next few months, according to fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org:

Apricots

Artichokes

Asparagus

Barbados Cherries

Belgian Endive

Bitter Melon

Broccoli

Butter Lettuce

Cactus

Chayote Squash

Cherimoya

Chives

Collard Greens

Corn

Fava Beans

Fennel

Fiddlehead Ferns

Green Beans

Honeydew

Jackfruit

Limes

Lychee

Mango

Manoa Lettuce

Morel Mushrooms

Mustard Greens

Oranges

Pea Pods

Peas

Pineapple

Purple Asparagus

Radicchio

Ramps

Red Leaf Lettuce

Rhubarb

Snow Peas

Sorrel

Spinach

Spring Baby Lettuce

Strawberries

Swiss Chard

Vidalia Onions

Watercress

White Asparagus

You may have heard that consuming antioxidant rich foods could be beneficial for our health and possibly prevent some types of cancers. Popular food choices include berries, dark leafy greens, chocolate, red wine and even coffee! But did you know that the herbs and seasonings you’ll find on your spice rack are packed with antioxidants?

The most common and popular antioxidant rich spices include:

  • ground cloves
  • oregano leaves
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • turmeric
  • yellow mustard seed
  • basil
  • paprika
  • chili

Use fresh herbs if you have them, but don’t turn down dried options. They are easy to use and store and some research shows that they can retain most of their antioxidant properties.

Not only are these herbs and spices rich in antioxidants, but they can be used to flavor up your food without added calories or salt. So, feel free to spice up your meals with your favorite seasons and know that it is a great way to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right”.

For more in depth reading, check out http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92763/

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Welcome to March! Spring is almost upon us, but did you know that is also National Nutrition Month? This celebration can be dated back to 1973. Click here to learn about the history of nutrition month and some past themes.

 
This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” which the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states, encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. Use this opportunity to keep you are your loved ones up to date on their health and nutrition. Maybe you can find a way to get involved and help spread the word at your school or workplace. Check out some great nutrition tip sheets that you could hang on your refrigerator or bulletin board to keep you mindful of good nutrition.

To celebrate, we have launched our very own Pinterest account! Follow us and check our recipe boards to help you “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” this month!

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