Spring Super Foods

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Fresh fruits and veggies provide variety of vitamins and minerals and are fun to grill outside or try raw when fresh from the market.

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Choosing fruit and veggies that are in season improves the quality and freshness of the produce providing you with a better product. If you don't like a fruit or vegetable try it in season or from a farmer's market it may surprise you on the difference in taste and texture.

Radishes- radish, jicama, carrot, red onion slaw with lime vinaigrette; dip radishes in Greek yogurt fat free with a ranch seasoning packet for a healthy alternative dip

Arugula- use with fresh fruits such as strawberries or apricots to mellow the peppery taste of the arugula

Artichoke- drizzle roasted garlic or spicy chili olive oil over artichoke before consuming to reduce amount of fat (no butter dipping)

Asparagus- cut raw asparagus tips and use to top a pasta salad or spring green salad; par-boil asparagus (cut bottom stems at angle) and use them as skewers for favorite spring time vegetables and place on grill with a southwest spice rub.

Spinach- add spinach to your favorite sandwich or salad or pizza; use sautéed spinach in mac and cheese or lasagna

Lettuce- explore lettuce there are so many out there from escarole to watercress. Farmers markets or your own backyard garden are a great place to find exciting new lettuce from sweet butter lettuce to bitter note of dandelion greens. Try lettuce in your smoothie for more vitamins and minerals.

Cherries- great snack idea with plain yogurt; make your own dried cherries by dehydrating them in the oven at a low setting 175-200 degrees for 2-4 hours for a great addition to trail mix

Kiwis- great to add to water for a refreshing beverage; use on a fruit pizza with a whole wheat crust yogurt sauce and mixed berries.

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