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Being a college student, spring approaching means more than just being able to enjoy the sunshine in between class. Springtime to me means different fresh, flavorful, and vibrant fruits and veggies to use in the kitchen! I love cooking, but try to stick to in-season fruits and veggies because they are so much cheaper and definitely taste better than at other times of the year. Therefore, by the time April rolls around I’m itching to get my hands on some new produce and changing up my home cooking. I want to share with you my favorite produce to buy at this time, as well as some yummy recipes to check out! Follow us at @MU_MedClinic and on Instagram to see how I whip up some of these dishes myself!

  1. Asparagus

I LOVE asparagus. It’s such a fresh and bright vegetable; it pairs perfectly with a ton of meals. It’s loaded with nutrients such as fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. It’s also a natural diuretic, which means it helps the body get rid of excess salts. Just this weekend I bought a bundle of asparagus for less than half as much as it usually is!

Different ways to enjoy asparagus include pan searing, grilling, or baking it! My personal favorite is coating them in olive oil and Parmesan cheese, and then baking them in the oven. It is SO easy and delicious.

Recipe here-

2. Avocados

Avocados are so versatile and filled with healthy fats! Many people utilize avocado to aid in their weight loss goals. They’re low in carbs and help you feel more full and satisfied after a meal, which can help you eat fewer calories later in the day. Not to mention, avocados are stuffed with antioxidants, vitamins, and a ton of fiber. Try spreading some on toast with a fried egg on top for a hearty and satisfying breakfast. Other ways to use them up can include chopping them up in salad, making guacamole, or even throwing them in a smoothie!

*Tip: avocados last longer if you keep the pit in them!

3. Spinach

Popeye DEFINITELY knew what he was talking about. Personally, I think spinach is a staple and I try to keep it in my fridge throughout the year. It’s just a bonus that it’s tastier and less expensive when spring comes around! Spinach is a low calorie and nutrient dense vegetable. Most of the calories that are in spinach are from protein! A huge health benefit is it contains iron and vitamin A, which helps promote healthy skin and hair growth! Spinach is so easy to incorporate into your diet. My personal favorites are cooking them into scrambled eggs or throwing a handful into my morning smoothies. You can’t even taste the veggie and it creates an awesome green color.

4. Apricots

Ok I’ll be honest with you; I’m not terribly familiar with apricots. I’ve had dried apricots before but I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten the fruit itself. However, they pack more of a nutritional punch than I thought! They have tons of antioxidants and fiber, as well as carotenoids to help with your eyesight. Also I just looked up some recipes to try with apricots, and they look SO GOOD. I’ll definitely be picking up some apricots and trying some of these out. Check out our Instagram for the pictures, coming soon!!

I was intrigued by this recipe for Apricot chicken-

5. Mangoes

This deliciously refreshing tropical fruit also peaks in the spring/summer season. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch, kind of like a peach. They have lots of vitamin C and A, potassium, and copper. Fun fact: They’re also considered an aphrodisiac *wink*

They have a low glycemic index, so even if you go a little overboard, they will not increase your sugar levels. They’re the perfect snack!

My friend makes the BEST mango salsa, which can top just about everything from chips to barbequed chicken, tacos, and even salmon!

Check it out here!-

Written by: Taylor Lefaiver

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