Spring’s finally here, and summer’s just around the corner, and you probably know it means you should start working on your beach body sans delay. Still, gym routines will only do their magic for your figure if accompanied by an adequate nutrition system, so if you’re looking to get the biggest bang for your fitness buck, here are a few superfoods you may want to add to your carte du jour to power up your quest of peak shape and health.
Good for: Complexion
A late spring treat, strawberries are a genuine goldmine of skin-friendly micronutrients such as antioxidants, Vitamin C, manganese, folate, and potassium. On top of skin benefits, strawberries promote iron absorption, and they go well with most neutral and sweet breakfast ideas. If you prefer your red nuggets of health minced, you can add strawberries to smoothies and shakes to make refreshing springtime gulps. Due to high antioxidant content, strawberries can be used to make facial masks that will help repair skin damaged by UV radiation.
Good for: Digestion
One of the most nutritious spring veggies, asparagus packs Vitamin A, B, C and K, selenium, iron, and fiber to go with a low calorie count. A perfect meal ingredient for ladies looking to bust fat and dial up digestion and metabolism, asparagus will improve your mood and keep you full for hours. It’s usually served grilled, roasted, or sautéed for bonus flavor points, so if you’re looking for a figure-friendly mood booster that tastes well, be sure to add asparagus to your menu.
Good for: Energy levels
Another green on the spring superfood list, spinach is a natural source of iron, Vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as calcium, sodium, and fiber. A cup of cooked spinach a day can keep your blood count optimal, and it can also boost daily energy levels and counter inflammation. If you want to lose weight, dial up digestion, and counter celiac disease symptoms, add a portion of spinach to your gluten-free carte du jour and watch your gym Ooomph go from scratch to supersonic.
Good for: Bone health
One of the most nutrient-dense spring greens, watercress contains lots of Vitamin A, C, E, and K, as well as copper, folate, and calcium, all topped by very few calories and high fiber content. For a mouth-watering salad, throw together a handful of watercress, fennel, and ricotta and lace the mix with lemon juice. Or, if you’re more of a fan of filling meals at heart, you can add watercress leaves to your turkey or beef sandwich, or throw a handful of the leafy green into your soup, dip, or scrambled eggs and enjoy generous doses of the peppery flavor while feeding your bones generous calcium servings at the same time.
Good for: Weight loss
If you’re looking to speed up your weight loss, don’t forget to add second helpings of radishes to your plate. Packing as few as 15 calories per 100 grams, radishes promote detoxification, protect against cancer and viral infections, soothe sore throats, and facilitate digestion. On top of health benefits, radishes are also full of flavor and they will go well with most salads. If you want to get the biggest nutrition bang out of your radishes, eat them fresh and raw, or dip them in hummus for an added flavor punch.
Good for: Detoxification
Not everyone loves their taste, but artichokes are a genuine goldmine of health benefits. If you want to take your health and fitness game to the next level this spring, don’t skip artichokes the next time you stumble upon them on your plate. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants while low in saturated fat and cholesterol, artichokes promote toxin flushing, metabolic function, and liver health while keeping cancer and premature aging at bay. You can have your artichokes cooked, grilled, or fresh, just don’t go without them.
Are you ready to take your health and fitness game from average to amazing? Then you’d better stock your plate with the superfoods above and help your body get onto the sexy and strong track in a matter of weeks. Bon appétit!