One of the many benefits of retirement is having the time and opportunity to delve more deeply into your interests. For many people living in retirement communities in Dallas TX, now is the perfect time to visit the local farmers markets and indulge in their passion for cooking. It’s no longer about getting meals on the table after a busy day at work; it’s about exploring an abundance of recipes and ingredients. While you may still be fine-tuning that perfect rack of ribs, don’t forget to try out some of the amazing spring superfoods that are both delicious and good for your health.
Artichokes may look a bit intimidating at first glance, but they’re easy enough to prepare once you learn. You can also buy them already trimmed and frozen to use in a variety of dishes. Steam them whole, mix them with spinach for dips and gratins, or eat them in salads or on pizzas. Thanks to all of the Vitamins C and K, antioxidants, folate and fiber they contain, they’re excellent for relieving inflammation and constipation.
For something truly simple but full of health benefits, turn to the simple pea. Whether you shuck them fresh or use them frozen, they contain a wealth of protein, along with Vitamins A, B1 and B6, and C. They also contain Vitamin K1, which is excellent for bone health. There are cold soups made with peas and basil that are perfect lunches during the hot summer, but you can also mix them with cauliflower and small cheese cubes with a light dressing for a salad to enjoy on its own or as a side. Plus, you can blend them up like a hummus and use it as a spread on sandwiches, wraps or a dip for other vegetables.
This is the time of year when many people are suffering from allergies. Radishes are there to help thanks to their anticongestive properties. They’re also a source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, copper, fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, and riboflavin. They’re perfect in salads, of course, but consider slicing them up for use on sandwiches, adding to grain bowls, or serving along other fresh crudites with healthy dips.
Finally, don’t forget the fantastic fava bean. Thanks to their fiber and protein, they fill you up and help give you the energy to get out and enjoy the day. Don’t just save them as a side for dinner, eat them at lunch to get the most out of them, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. You’ll feel full faster and won’t feel weighed down. Fava beans are full of copper, iron, folate, manganese, vitamin B1, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous. Great as a simple side or mixed in salads, they’re even more fun if you grill them in their pods and then shuck them like edamame when they’ve cooled.
Asparagus, leeks, strawberries and more are all some of the popular spring superfoods that you should add to your menu this time of year. Make the most of the fresh produce when it’s at its best and get creative in how you serve it. By trying different methods, you may find a new way to enjoy a vegetable you hadn’t thought much of before. Get together with friends at your retirement communities in Dallas TX and create a superfoods potluck to try new recipes in a fun way.