Springtime is here and what do we all think of when spring arrives? Spring cleaning, but what about eating healthy foods that can help clean up our bodies as well? Our bodies need just as much looking after as our houses, really they need even more. So here is 7 items you should include on your spring shopping list.
Microgreens are like normal green veggies, except they are not fully developed. Think somewhere between sprouts and “baby veggies”. They have the same nutrients but have a stronger taste and the density of the nutrients is at a higher level when compared to normal green veggies.
Walnuts are not only delicious and healthy but they have something special: tryptophan. This is an amino acid that gives you higher serotonin levels, which is what causes the brain to make us feel happy and relaxed. If you are feeling down, walnuts are a great pick me up!
Artichokes are extremely healthy and they are full of vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium, and folate. They also help you to feel full longer and as long as you stay away from fattening dips and dressings you are good to go.
Asparagus is a great source of folate. Folate is known for helping the chemicals in the brain be more balanced, and this helps keep our moods up and out of a slump.
5. Organic Eggs
Eggs are an amazing source of protein, but they are also known as a great food for your brain. They help the immune system to fight infections, just make sure you eat the whole egg and not just the whites.
Halibut is not only a great source of protein, but its packs a punch with many different vitamins and amino acids. This is a great choice for people who are not too keen on fish, it has a milder taste that is more appealing to non-fish lovers.
7. Green Garlic Shoots
This is a great item for your spring shopping list because it is only in season in the spring, so take advantage of it while it’s around. It sends signals to the brain telling you that you’re full, which helps you eat less.
Spinach leaves are a good source of iron. Also, spinach has certain compounds that increase energy at the cellular level, and so a cup of cooked spinach a day may give you greater stamina in your daily workout.
9. Chia Seeds
The chia seeds full of omega-3 fatty acids (good fat), protein and soluble fibre. It’s also versatile enough for you to use in your cooking and easy to add to salads and cereals.
Strawberries are good for digestive health due to them being high in fibre, but also heart health as they are known to increase HDL (good cholesterol) and maintain low blood pressure. They are also full of antioxidants that make it good for skin health as well!
Blueberries are amazing as a brain food, as research has shown those who eat blueberries regularly have significant improvements in memory and learning, especially for age related memory issues.