I am always amazed at God’s provision for us! As winter ends, what are the first plants growing in our gardens? Greens. The benefits of spring greens show God’s eternal care for us. He gives us exactly what we need at the time we need it if we pay attention and eat seasonally. In colder months, we crave heavy and warm foods and during hotter months our bodies crave cool and refreshing foods. And, those are exactly the foods available!
Springtime brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables; the majority being fresh greens. Greens that are in season include arugula, kale, bok choy, collards, dandelion greens, parsley, spinach, spring baby lettuce, Swiss chard and pea shoots. They can easily be found at your local farmers’ market and should be incorporated into your diet as much as possible.
Benefits of Spring Greens
Fresh greens are full of antioxidants and minerals that your body craves. They offer more nutrition than any other food, pound for pound. The primary vitamins include C, K, A and foliate. They are also high in iron, potassium, and fiber. After winter, this is exactly what your body needs.
Spring greens allows your body to detox after a winter full of comfort foods. Winter weather is hard on your body and the threat of illness is much higher, resulting in a poor immune system. 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 calorie and have a high concentration of water. They are also low in fat and sodium. All these factors work together to keep you cool during warmer weather.
One of the best benefits of spring greens: Lose weight
Greens are good for weight loss because they are low in calories, fat, and sodium. 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, there are many benefits of spring greens. 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 responsible for energy levels. In the winter, all your body wanted to do was rest but now it is time to get moving, enjoy the weather and fill up on spring greens.