Spring's arrival this week means that the farmers market is getting a brand-new makeover in the form of produce. While fresh veggies are the cornerstone to any clean diet, there are a few spring foods with the added benefit of having natural detoxing properties.
Besides being an antioxidant powerhouse, asparagus provides digestive support to the body. Like chicory root, asparagus contains inulin, a type of prebiotic that encourages colon health while also stimulating the growth of probiotics (good bacteria) in the body. All in all, this is a major win for your digestive system! Enjoy asparagus roasted with a little olive oil, or maximize spring's bounty by making this recipe for fava beans and asparagus with polenta.
The positive effects that artichokes have on the digestive system are many: studies show that the leafy veggie promotes healthy liver and gallbladder function because they are loaded with cynarin, which helps increase bile production (helping to get nasty stuff out of the body!), protects against indigestion, and stimulates healthy digestion. We can't think of a better way to enjoy this Spring vegetable then YumSugar's recipe for simply, steamed artichokes.
If you live on the West Coast, springtime equals cherry time. Besides being a proven anti-inflammatory, studies have shown that antioxidant-rich cherries reduce uric acid and cholesterol levels in the body. And since cherries help reduce sore muscles and joint pain, make yourself a batch of cherry granola bites to enjoy post-workout!