After much back and forth and countless surprise snowstorms, it seems as though spring is here to stay. Finally, we can all enjoy the changing of the seasons, begin spending more time in nature, and resume our favorite seasonal activities — from playing outdoor sports and exercising to making our first trip to the farmer’s market and picking up our favorite fresh fruits and vegetables.
This warmer weather may also inspire some of us may to start our own gardens. After all, no farmer’s market can beat fresh produce that was planted by one’s own hands, as we know exactly where each fruit and vegetable was grown and what — if any — pesticides were used to protect them during that time.
However, organizing and tending to a garden can be tricky, especially if one has never done it before. With that in mind, then, let us take some time to highlight the best plants everyone with a green thumb should consider adding to their garden.
Loaded with vitamin K, C, and sulforaphane, broccoli prevents clogged arteries and cholesterol oxidation. Furthermore, this vegetable is full of fiber, which aids in lowering blood pressure, contributing to overall digestive health, and can even be linked to decreased stress levels. Seeing as these little trees can be grown in just about any climate, they ought to appear in everyone’s gardens.
Although these fruits are relatively high in calories, they are relatively low in fat and are a wonderful source of dietary fiber. Furthermore, persimmons are filled with health-benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants such as catechins, gallocatechin, and betulinic acid. These compounds are believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties, respectively.
In spite of their size, these teeny tiny seeds are filled to the brim with important nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, fiber, and calcium. Because of these key properties, chia seeds are the perfect addition to any diet, though they would most benefit those who wish to get their cholesterol levels under control. Also, here is a worthwhile tip: Although they can be cooked or eaten raw, it is strongly recommended that one adds chia seeds to another dish or even smoothie rather than consuming them on their own.
Of course, there are countless fruits and vegetables that are worth consuming. However, it is clear that just about everyone would greatly benefit from integrating the above plants into their gardens and, subsequently, their diets.