Why We Crave Fresh Greens in Spring - Spring, Part 2

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Why We Crave Fresh Greens in Spring

Winter is over and it’s finally starting to warm up again! That means cravings for fresh greens are kicking in... but why?Just like the seasonal clothes we wear change throughout the year, so will our natural cravings for food. Our bodies were designed to adapt to our surroundings. When it starts getting cold outside, we crave heavy and warm foods while during hotter months our bodies crave cool and refreshing foods.Learning the underlying reasons for why our bodies respond the way they do to these kinds of natural changes is a simple and significant step in taking care of yourself.

Springtime Cravings

Springtime brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables; the majority being fresh greens. Greens that are in season include arugula, kale, bok choy, collard greens, dandelion greens, parsley, spinach, spring baby lettuce, Swiss chard and pea shoots.They can easily be found at your local farmers’ market and should definitely become part of your spring diet as much as possible.

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Here are a some great benefits to craving fresh spring greens:

• Nutrition – Fresh greens are full of antioxidants and minerals that your body needs. They offer the most nutrition of any other food with primary vitamins like C, K, A and foliate. Plus, they are also high in iron, potassium, and fiber.• Detox – Spring greens allow your body to detox after a winter full of comfort foods. Cold winter weather is hard on your body and weakens your immune system, increasing the threat of getting sick. Detoxing helps boost your immune system and enhances your digestive system, protecting you from illnesses during the warmer weather.• Keep you cool – Greens are lightweight, low in calories, fat and sodim, and have a high concentration of water. All of these factors work together to keep you cool as the weather warms up.• Lose weight – Because they are low in calories, fat, and sodium, greens are great for weight loss. Studies have shown that greens also have nutrients that help burn fat cells. After a long winter, your body craves greens to help lose the extra weight that kept you warm.As you can see, our bodies crave greens during spring for really good reasons. They help supply nutrients that were missing during winter, help cleanse the body to prepare for warmer weather, and they aid in weight loss to keep you cool.They are light, refreshing and high in vitamins that affect energy levels. In the winter, all your body wanted to do was rest and stay warm. But now it is time to get moving, enjoy mother nature and fill up on spring greens![mailerlite_form form_id=15]

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The Importance of Eating Seasonally in Spring - Spring, Part 1