Spring is back, and its fruits and vegetables too! Check out the 5 vegetables of the month with multiple virtues to put in your recipes.
Originally from India, eggplant is a typical summer vegetable. The eggplant season begins in May and ends in September.
First, eggplant is an excellent ally for losing weight. Mostly made up of water, it brings only 21 kcal for 100g. It’s also a stimulating and remineralizing food. It contains potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and in smaller amount zinc, copper, iron and calcium. It’s also rich in vitamin A, C and almost all of the vitamins of group B.
Moreover, eggplant as a fiber source, participates in the good digestive transit.
Finally, eggplant is recommended in case of strong heat because sweating promotes loss of minerals, especially loss of potassium.
Recipe : Eggplant pizza
As the month of May is just beginning, it’s the perfect time to eat asparagus!
There are several varieties of asparagus: white asparagus, violet asparagus and green asparagus.
Asparagus is an excellent food to stay healthy. It contains :
– fibers, participating in the intestinal functioning,
– antioxidants whose role is the prevention of some cancers,
– vitamin B9 playing a key role in the development of the fetus at the time of pregnancy,
– diuretic properties.
Recipe : Parmesan Asparagus
Spinach is often known for its iron content, but raw or cooked they also have a large amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
These various nutrients give spinach anti-cancer properties.
Moreover, spinach contains carotenoids. These nutrients contribute to the prevention of eye diseases by reducing the risk of cataract and age-related degeneration of vision.
Recipe : Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels
Rhubarb is traditionally eaten as a dessert, but its acidity makes it compatible with savory dishes. Nearly 75% of its stem consists of fibers. This fiber richness makes it a perfect food for the regulation of intestinal transit. Moreover, rhubarb is a natural source of vitamins, perfect for rebooting your body. It is a vegetable full of water and very low in calories.
When eaten raw, rhubarb also has calcium and manganese, excellent for the functioning of the body.
Recipe : Strawberry rhubarb pie
Red beet has so many virtues that you really should add it to your diet.
First, it contains large amounts of iron that allows the blood cells to regenerate and in this way the oxygen intakes of the body are increased.
Beetroot also contains betalanins, essential for the liver because they promote the elimination of toxins dangerous to the body.
Finally, there is a significant amount of vitamin B9, essential during pregnancy.
Recipe : Citrus Beet Smoothie
Article written by Amelie Vincent, dietitian