Asparagus

The spear like vegetable asparagus, can help thwart disease.  It’s full of antioxidants that are good for the skin.  Vitamin K is high in asparagus which aids in blood clotting and the vitamin C strengthens immunity.  The folate is great for pregnant women and it’s anti-inflammatory.  Yes, your urine may smell after a delicious meal of asparagus, but the fiber is great for digestion.

In the Northern hemisphere it usually grows between March and June.  You will find thinner spears early in the season and thicker ones as the season progresses.  Asparagus are great for roasting, grilling or in a stir fry.

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Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are part of the cruciferous family.  This little green vegetable is packed with nutrients.  It’s high in vitamin K which is good for bone health.  There’s also a good amount of vitamin C.  Brussels are high in fiber that aids digestion.  The omega 3 fatty acids can help the body with inflammation.  This winter vegetable is a good antioxidant that can lower cholesterol.  Don’t let the size fool you, brussel sprouts have great anti cancer properties.

Belgium is not the only place where brussel sprouts are popular.  They’re grown during the winter in Europe and North America.  So, get out the steamer, add a little olive oil and enjoy this delicious vegetable.

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Kiwi

The kiwi may be small brown and fuzzy on the outside but cut one open and you’ll find an enormous amount of nutrition in this vibrant green fruit.  Kiwis have more vitamin C than an orange, which will help strengthen the immune system.  The fiber in kiwis can improve digestion.  This little fruit is a great antioxidant that can support the overall health of the body.  They are lutein rich to strengthen vision.  Kiwis are also a good source of vitamin K  and potassium as well.  Other health benefits include: helps blood pressure, balances acid/alkaline content in the body, great for heart health and disease prevention.

A majority of the kiwis found in stores are grown in California, between October and May, and New Zealand, between June and October.  Add them to your juice mixture, put them on your salad or just enjoy the sweet little green fruit on its own.

 

Kiwi