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Springtime Veggies

Spring is in full swing and your trip to the grocery may feel less familiar than it usually does seeing that certain vegetables are either plentiful or non-existent. To ensure you eat the best of the best, we want to remind you which spring veggies should be enjoyed this season and what benefits they reap.

The Radish

Unassuming, this member of the mustard family can be found as red, purple or black. Red-skinned radishes are the most popular (and our favorite), but you can also find daikon radishes, which have a milder flavor than the red-skinned. Just 20 calories, one cup of radishes will do the trick for a light snack and will serve an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s also brimming with calcium and potassium.

The Beet

These red gems contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression while also containing trytophan, which creates a sense of well-being, which relaxes the mind–similar to chocolate. In addition, beets serve as a tonic for the liver, which purifies the blood. AND on top of it all, tastes delicious.

The Carrot

A common ingredient with your hummus, carrots will start appearing in early May and is an excellent source of beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain eyesight and protect against heart disease and certain forms of cancer). Carrots are also chock-full of potassium, fiber and vitamins K and C. And although you are used to the orange ones, we suggest trying the puple, yellow and white ones to mix it up. Benefits are the same, taste slightly different!

The Spinach 

With so many greens to choose from, we hope you go for the spinach this season. Spring and fall are the peak seasons for this popular leafy green. Just one cup of this magic is twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin K. It’s also packed with vitamin A and provides plenty of vitamin C, folate and manganese as well.

 

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A List of Treats, Not a Trick

Heading into the holiday season, there will be many occasions where we find our kitchens stocked with goodies. And though our current spooky holiday doesn’t necessarily boast health benefits for our skin (candy is primarily just good for our taste buds) here is a list of foods that can provide a good source of nutrient and benefits for your overall health.

  • Lemon — A common good in the kitchen functions by it’s acidity that can whiten nails, give your hair natural-looking highlights, and help slough off dry, flaky skin.
  • Egg white — For the extra healthy conscious, egg whites can go beyond your omelet and can be used as an egg white mask that can improve tone and texture.
  • Olive oil —A household name as an ingredient that packs a lot of nutrients, olive oil is great for hydrating hair and smooth dry spots on skin.
  • Sugar — The sweetest natural exfoliate, sugar does well when mixed with a little olive oil, almond or apricot oil for a body scrub or great lip.
  • Green tea — To soothe skin, rinse your face in this cool green elixir. This full of antioxidants tea is also helpful for reducing redness and easing stress.
  • Avocado — An excellent moisturizer, avocado is great as a face mask, mashed up in your hair, or used just about anywhere, where a little extra hydration may be needed.
  • Oatmeal — For a fast-acting soother, look no further than oatmeal, which has major anti-inflammatory properties. You can even drop it in the bath, slather it on your face, or even use it as a gentle scrub.
  • Papaya — One of the more unknown goodies in our kitchens, papaya has the power to decongest your skin, and fast! Needless to say, the papain in this fruit makes one of the best enzyme masks around.
  • Honey — This natural antimicrobial also soothes and draws moisture into skin. Use it in masks or as a spot treatment.

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