As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, there’s no better time to enjoy the bounty of spring produce grown in Florida. From avocados to zucchini (both fruits!), there are countless delicious and nutritious fruits to choose. In this blog post, we’ll explore three spring fruits and the health benefits they offer. Read on to learn more about the antioxidant-rich blueberries, Vitamin C-filled mangos, and the hydrating watermelon.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants
Blueberries are a delicious, antioxidant-rich fruit that are locally grown in parts of Florida. Also full of Vitamin C and dietary fiber, blueberries support healthy digestion, help reduce inflammation and protect our cells from damage by free radicals.
Studies have shown that consuming blueberries regularly can help reduce the risk of developing certain diseases, including cancer and heart disease. The antioxidants found in blueberries have been linked to improved cognitive function and memory, as well as better vision health. Blueberries are also high in manganese, which helps with bone health, metabolism and energy production.
The sweet taste of blueberries makes them a perfect addition to a variety of dishes or snacks throughout the day. Adding them to salads or yogurt gives an extra boost of flavor without adding any unnecessary calories or fat. For a simple yet tasty snack, try making your own homemade trail mix with dried blueberries or adding fresh berries to your favorite smoothie recipe for an extra nutritional punch!
Mangos are a great source of Vitamin C
Mangos are a delicious and nutritious fruit that is widely grown in Florida during the spring season. Not only do mangos taste great, but they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, an essential nutrient for overall health. A single mango contains approximately 43 milligrams of Vitamin C, which meets almost 75% of the daily recommended intake for adults.
When choosing a mango, look for one that is slightly soft on the outside but not mushy or wrinkled. You should also make sure it’s fragrant — if it doesn’t smell sweet then it likely isn’t ripe yet!
Mangos can be tricky to prepare if you’re unfamiliar, because of their large central pit and thick skin. To cut the flesh from around the large seed in the center, use a sharp knife to slice two equal lengthwise slices from either side of the pit. You can then cut the slices off the peel with a spoon.
You can enjoy your mango fresh or add it to salads, smoothies or other recipes for added flavor and nutrition!
Watermelon is delicious and hydrating
Watermelon is one of the best fruits to enjoy during the spring season in Florida, not only because of its delicious taste but also due to its high water content. Eating watermelon can be hydrating and a great way to beat the heat. Watermelons are composed of 92% water and contain electrolytes, such as potassium and magnesium, which help keep you hydrated, especially on hot summer days. Additionally, they are an excellent source of Vitamin A and C – two essential vitamins needed for healthy skin and eyes.
To make sure you get the most out of your watermelon, chop it into slices or cubes for quick and easy snacking. If you’re looking for a more creative option, use a melon baller to scoop it out and get creative with fun and quirky salads. You can also use a blender to make a delicious, healthy smoothie and enjoy a refreshing snack.
How can you enjoy these 3 delicious, seasonal fruits and much more? Westminster Communities of Florida has dedicated chefs who develop a new seasonal menu every few months, featuring local produce at its peak. Find a community near you today and discover delectable chef-prepared dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner!