Healthy Spring Foods + Recipes, Part 2

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting about eight months for the first signs of spring, because spring means that fresh produce is finally here to stay.

And maybe you’re like us. Tantalized by all the leafy, fragrant goodness at your local farmer’s market? Then you’re in good company!

We’re continuing our roundup of favorite spring foods today. (If you missed Part 1, catch up here!) Each one of these foods is best enjoyed on a picnic blanket in the park with a glass of chilled rosé.

 Sorrel

This tart, acidic spring green has the kind of bite that reminds you it’s May outside. Look for the brightest, greenest leaves you can find—abandon anything that’s beginning to yellow.

Raw young leaves will brighten up you salads, and cooked leaves (which will turn a little grayish—that’s totally normal) are fantastic in scrambled eggs or as a side to chicken or fish. The greens are powerfully antioxidant, packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and flavonoids.

Cook ‘em up: Chop up a handful of sorrel leaves and toss into your salad to give it a lemony boost, or blend with strawberries and spinach for a tart Strawberry Sorrel Smoothie from Green Lemonade.

 Farm-Fresh Eggs

If factory farms infuriate you and/or skeeve you out, then this is the protein source for you! Not only are fresh eggs from happy chickens so much more humane, they’re actually better for you!

A 2007 study by Mother Earth News found out that free-range eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, double the omega-3s, three times more vitamin E, and seven times more vitamin A. Wow.

Chat with the farmer selling the eggs to make sure his chickens are treated well—you’ll probably hear some adorable chick anecdotes to boot.

Cook ‘em up: Let those delicious eggs shine in a simple, cheesy recipe that will have you wishing breakfast came three times a day—The Best Egg Sandwich You’ll Ever Have from A Cup of Jo. 

Rhubarb

It’s really hard to find fresh rhubarb outside of rhubarb season (spring), so take advantage of this delicious, tart plant while you can. For the best flavor, look for brightly-colored, firm stalks. Rhubarb is very high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and vitamin K, which may help prevent diabetes.

Cook ‘em up: In a stroke of Nature’s genius, rhubarb season coincides perfectly with strawberry season, so take advantage of both with this incredible Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble by 101 Cookbooks, perked up with port wine, black pepper, and pine nuts.

Photo attribute: simplyrecipes.com

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