Spring is finally here and with it come the seasonal fruits and vegetables. We always encourage women to eat seasonally whenever possible for many reasons. First of all, eating seasonally costs less AND it provides fresher, tastier, and more nutrient-dense ingredients.
When you lead a Venus Lifestyle, you make sure to include plenty of fresh foods in your daily diet. Opting for more vegetables and less processed foods will ensure that your skin is healthier and glows with vitality, at any age. We put together three meal options for you to choose from for inspiration around planning a spring meal plan.
Breakfast: Steamed Asparagus and Eggs
Asparagus is a spring-seasonal vegetable and fantastic for your health. This deep green vegetable reduces the risk of heart disease by helping to normalize blood pressure through high potassium and folate content. Asparagus is known to be an anti-inflammatory food rich in saponins, phytonutrients that also improve blood sugar regulation (a key to hormone balance). Additionally, Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A and C, anti-oxidant vitamins that help to protect the skin from free radical damage. Vitamin C is also important for maintaining collagen, a component that gives skin its support structure and prevents sagging.
Put a touch of spring in your breakfast by serving asparagus with a poached egg, rich in protein, and enjoy with sides of whole-grain toast and lightly dressed spring greens – delicious!
Lunch: Vibrant Spring Salad
For lunch, try a vibrant salad filled with spring veggies. Toss together arugula, spring greens, tomatoes, radishes, Include a sliced whole avocado (a great source of phytoestrogens), and other vegetables fresh from your farmers market or grocery – including chopped asparagus. Top it off with a touch of balsamic vinaigrette.
Snack: Asparagus dipped in hummus
A perfect snack combines our featured spring vegetable – fresh asparagus – with a classic phytoestrogen rich food on our list of all-time favorites: hummus. Fresh asparagus is abundant in the groceries now and an easy-to-prepare snack or elegant appetizer.
Tip- enjoy asparagus within 48 hours of buying and keep the asparagus moist and fresh by wrapping the ends in a damp paper towel.
To prepare, simply rinse well and cut an inch or so from the ends. You can eat asparagus raw or blanch it for just a two minutes in softly boiling water, bringing out the vibrant green while keeping it crisp for dipping. Serve these crunchy, healthy stalks with hummus and you will have a nutrient rich and healthful snack that will keep you glowing!