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Spring Vegetables

The sky is blue, the days are longer and temperatures are rising. Spring is in the air! There’s a long list of reason why people love spring and high on that list is spring vegetables. Delicious, nutritious and bursting with flavor, seasonal produce can brighten up dull dishes and give you a vitamin boost as well. Shopping for seasonal produce is also a terrific way to be kind to the earth. Celebrate spring by at least picking up these six vegetables at your local Harris Teeter Farmer’s Market.
  1. Asparagus: A cup of this delicious green vegetable provides approximately 260 mcg of folate, a vitamin that some experts feel may help the cardiovascular system stay healthy, and that all agree decreases neural tube defects when taken in adequate amounts during the earliest days of pregnancy. It’s also a great source of much needed fiber and vitamin C.
  2. Peas: Green peas are a valuable source of protein, iron and insoluble fiber, as well as being a healthy source of vitamin K, C folic acid, potassium and magnesium. Insoluble fiber helps reduce serum cholesterol levels, thereby decreasing your risk of heart disease, while non-meat sources of iron and protein are always a good addition to your diet.
  3. Artichokes: Including this high fiber food can help you maintain a healthy digestive system, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C.
  4. Radish: Along with other members of the cruciferous family (cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts) radishes contain cancer-protective properties. They have also been used throughout history as a medicinal food for liver disorders. Full of fiber, vitamin C and calcium, they are wonderfully healthful on salads or simply as a crunchy snack.
  5. Sweet onions: As part of the Allium family (along with garlic), onions have been used for over 4,000 years for medicinal purposes. Sulfur compounds and quercetin, two important components of onions, have been shown to help neutralize free radicals in the body – thereby potentially protecting us from heart disease, cancer, and all types of inflammation.
  6. Watercress: Full of antioxidants, vitamin A, C, beta carotene, B vitamins, folate and calcium, watercress is a highly nutritious green that should not be overlooked! This low calorie, tasty green should be a staple of all your spring salads.
Adding fresh vegetables to your daily diet is an easy way to make sure you and your family are getting all the vitamins, minerals and fiber you need. This healthy tip is part of Harris Teeter’s yourwellness for families program and is intended to help everyone get healthy, stay healthy and feel great. For more health information designed with your family in mind click here to download your free yourwellness brochure today.