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April Showers Bring…Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Plus a Spring Meal Plan

Keri Tidwell

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April is when we can finally say “goodbye” to winter because spring is here at last! In April, we welcome all the green after so many months of gray. Due to warmer weather and spring rains, fruits and veggies are growing in great abundance and are at their nutritional peaks. Depending on where you live, your local farmer’s market may be selling locally grown produce like those listed below. So April is the perfect time to recommit to those long-forgotten New Year’s resolutions and kick-start your diet.

What’s in Season: April

  • Artichokes                             Kale
  • Arugula (Rocket)                    Leeks
  • Asparagus                             Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Avocado                                Limes
  • Beans                                   Oranges
  • Beets                                    Peas
  • Broccoli                                 Spinach
  • Brussels Sprouts                    Strawberries   
  • Cabbage                                Sweet Onions
  • Cauliflower                             Sweet Potatoes
  • Chard

April is also the time of year for planting a garden. Sow some seeds now, and in a few weeks, you may have your own beans, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, leeks, peas, and greens coming up. Even if you don’t have much of a green thumb, lettuce, green beans, carrots, and radishes are pretty easy to grow. Just make sure you plant them in good soil with daily sunshine and that you water them as needed.

This month’s meal plan features many of the fruits and vegetables you will find growing (and that you can grow yourself) in April. The USDA recommends filling half your plate with whole fruits and a variety of vegetables, so if you are trying to eat for good colon health, then you are in luck this month because there are so many from which to choose.

Try some new recipes featuring the fruits and veggies in season, and get back to eating healthy once again.

April Meal Plan

For these and over 1,600 other recipes, follow my “Colon-Healthy Recipes” board on Pinterest. Happy April!

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