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Eat the season ! What’s March’s harvest?

March is a beautiful month. The sun is shining brighter and the days are getting warmer and longer. With that also comes some delicious new food ideas. Fruits like bananas, clementines and kiwis are in season along with vitamin-packed greens. What are some of your family’s staple march meals? Let us know in the comment section. 

Today, Splash Tears brings you a quick recap of some of March’s seasonal fruits and veggies so you can eat with the season and enjoy some healthy and delicious meals. Learn anything from fruit cakes to quick collard green stir frys, stick around to find out more. 

Why eat what’s in season?

Seasonal eating adds variety to your diet by introducing new fruits and vegetables each month. It is also a smart technique as seasonal fruits are often cheaper and taste better than out-of-season ones.

In season produce is picked at its optimal time and experiences great growth conditions. These fruits and vegetables contain higher levels of antioxidants and beta-Carotene (great for your eyes), thanks to appropriate sun exposure and environment. Below are 5 fruits and vegetables you can find in season and delicious recipes to eat them. Stay with us!

#1 – Bananas

Nothing beats a sweet ripe banana, right? It’s the perfect fruit for a busy day at the office or after a long hike. Bananas are packed with energy, healthy carbohydrates, and antioxidants. If you ever need a pick-me-up, have a banana. Lucky for you, bananas are in season all year long. So head to your grocery store, pick a few ripe bananas and prepare this delicious dessert we have for you below.  

Banana fritters

This quick recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make and will leave you speechless. Simply mix ½ cup of flour, 1 tsp baking soda, a splash of vanilla extract, and ¼ cup of milk. Then peel and cut your bananas, cover in the mix, and fry in oil until golden. You can enjoy these alone or with ice cream.

#2 – Spinach

Spinach is a nutritious leafy green that has many benefits. It is packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Spinach is also rich in fiber, which promotes digestive health. It is high in antioxidants promoting healthy eyesight. Spinach contains nitrates, which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Spinach can be consumed raw, cooked in dishes, or blended into smoothies, making it a versatile and nutritious addition to any diet. Find a delicious recipe featuring this leafy green below.

Saag aloo

This versatile dish can be eaten on the side or as a main course. If you love potatoes, stick around. Peel and cut your potatoes in chunks. Chop garlic, onions, and ginger and cook until tender. Add cumin seeds and wait a few minutes. Then add your potatoes and cook until tender. Add the ground turmeric, toss then add the chopped spinach and finish with salt, pepper, and a dash of lemon juice.

#3 – Asparagus

Asparagus is known for being an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It has lots of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and potassium. It is also low in calories and carbohydrates, making it a great choice for those working towards a healthy weight. It is rich in antioxidants protecting against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Asparagus has been found to promote healthy digestion, support a healthy immune system, and improve cognitive function. Incorporating asparagus into your diet is an easy way to boost your nutrient intake and support overall health. Check the recipe below.

Creamy soup

Melt butter in a pot then add chopped onions and stir. Add minced garlic and stir until cooked then add chopped broccoli. Cook the broccoli for 5 minutes until tender. Add chicken broth, bay, and desired seasonings. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Then use an immersion blender to puree. Add full fat cream and a dash of lemon juice to finish.

#4 – Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with dietary fiber making it a great addition to your diet. It is also rich in antioxidants helping with inflammation and providing protection against chronic diseases. Broccoli is also a good source of folate, a compound that reduces your risk of depression. There are many delicious ways to add broccoli to your diet. You can roast, steam, or add it to soups and salads. Including broccoli in your diet is an easy way to boost your nutrient intake and support your health. Check below for a quick flavor-packed recipe.

Beef stir-fry

Who doesn’t love a good stir-fry? This will take you almost no time and the reward is huge. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, and water. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add sliced beef and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Remove beef from the skillet and set aside. Then add garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Next, add broccoli florets and cook until tender-crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Return beef to skillet and pour in soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens and coats the beef and broccoli, about 2-3 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy! 

#5 – Bok choy

Also known as Chinese cabbage, this vegetable is nutrient-rich and offers many health benefits. It is high in Vitamin K which supports healthy bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis. Bok choy is a delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked in stir-fries, soups, and salads. Bok choy will enhance your cooking and add a nice fresh touch to your meals.

Sauteed bok choy

Wash your bok choy well and cut off the ends. In a large pan or wok, heat up a dash of oil. Add minced garlic and stir until fragrant. Then add the bok choy and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften and look wilted. Drizzle soy sauce or balsamic vinegar over the bok choy and stir-fry for another minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste and eat right away. You can enjoy it alone or as a side.

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