Monday, April 1, 2013

Recapture the "Spring" in Your Step

As the weather continues to warm up, outdoor physical activity will begin to become of high popularity. With an increase in activity, more nutrient rich caloric foods will be necessary in order to properly refuel the body and optimize performance. Spring brings new seasonal produce that is readily available at local grocery stores and farmers markets. Stocking up on the following vegetables will help you to achieve daily nutrition requirements while providing your body with natural sources of energy that will enhance your overall performance.

Artichokes – antioxidants in preventing some kinds of cancer as well as heart disease; helps lower cholesterol by helping to excrete LDL (bad) cholesterol; helps balance blood glucose levels; improves liver function by ridding toxins and assisting in vital operations; digestive aid (stimulates gall bladder); high in
potassium helping with hypertension
Asparagus – good source of fiber, folate, Vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as chromium; detoxifying compound, glutathione, helping to protect against and fight some forms of cancer; rich in antioxidants

Green Beans – good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, as well as manganese and antioxidants lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene; manganese can relieve the symptoms of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis as well as alleviating some PMS symptoms while helping the body to absorb vitamins B, E and the mineral magnesium
Leafy Greens – control blood pressure and blood sugar levels, lowering the risk for heart attacks; contains phytonutrients and antioxidants that prevent illnesses; high amounts of magnesium and the low glycemic index helps manage and prevent type-2 diabetes