On recent visits to the grocery store, we have noticed that many of our favorite spring fruits and vegetables are starting to appear in the produce section. These spring produce items are not only delicious and colorful, but are also jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients that can be great for your body and your skin.
Here are seven of our favorite spring fruits and vegetables that can not only make your meals more delicious but can also help improve the condition of your skin and benefit your overall health:
A flavorful source of fiber, magnesium, vitamin C, and folic acid, artichokes are fun to eat and a delicious way to promote healthy skin and a healthy immune system. We like to steam them with lemon, garlic and herbs and then eat them whole, peeling one leaf away at a time.
Asparagus is truly a psoriasis and eczema superfood – rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, folic acid, vitamin C and beta carotene. Asparagus is one of our favorite vegetables and can be prepared in so many different ways – grill it, roast it, broil it, saute it..it’s all delicious.
Avocados are full of Omega-3s, which moisturize the skin and prevent dryness and flakiness (an important benefit for psoriasis and ezcema sufferers). Avocados are also an excellent source of folic acid. Add them to your salad or sandwich or make a delicious guacamole by mixing them with lime juice, onions, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic.
Chock-full of vitamin C and antioxidants, delicious berries give your skin and your immune system a healthy boost. Berries are loved by everyone (especially kids) and rank among our favorite psoriasis and eczema superfoods for their flavor and versatility.
Rich in beta carotene, an antioxidant that boosts the immune system and protects cells from free radicals, and vitamin A, an important nutrient for healthy skin and eyes, you can’t go wrong with carrots. Carrots make a delicious snack that is loved by all ages and a colorful recipe ingredient due to their subtle, sweet flavor.
Radishes contain a variety of nutrients, including potassium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, phosphorus and zinc, as well as antioxidants and enzymes, to protect skin cells. While biting into a whole radish may be too strong of a taste for some to bare, consider slicing them into your salad for an added kick.
Rich in nutrients and antioxidants, including vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, spinach is always an excellent choice for healthy skin. Spinach is also a great source of folic acid. Serve spinach raw in a salad or saute it with olive oil and garlic for a flavorful side dish.
Important note: remember that everyone reacts differently to different foods; some of of the above fruits and vegetables may not be right for your body. If you have any questions about what foods are right for you or are considering a change in diet, we always recommend that you consult a doctor before making any changes.