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Eat Your Greens: Early Spring Veggies

Spinach You likely heard it from your mother when you were a child: “Eat your greens! They’re good for you!” At the time, you probably tried to hide your greens under the mashed potatoes or scrape them off the plate and onto the floor in hopes the dog would eat them. But if only we listened to our parents!

If you’ve never liked spinach, chances are you haven’t eaten it fresh from the garden. Garden-grown spinach is mild, tender and totally delicious! Use it in salads or steam lightly just to wilt. Either way, spinach supplies you with plenty of vision-enhancing vitamin A. Cooked or raw, the dark green leaves of spinach are a super source of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting compounds; a healthful addition to any of your favorite recipes. Plus, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods you can grow!

Perennial vegetables are few and far between, so when you find one that looks good in your garden, tastes great on your plate and is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, you’ve found yourself a must-have crop. And you don’t have to look any further than asparagus! It’s one of the healthiest vegetables you can have in your diet because it’s rich in antioxidants and nutrients. The health benefits of asparagus are plenty. It contains properties that: protect against cancer, heart disease, aging, inflammation, fungi, viruses, birth defects, osteoporosis, arthritis, hair loss and depression; detoxify the body; and act as an aphrodisiac. There are tons of great asparagus recipes out there, but it may just be best on its own with a little butter melted over top of it.

With homegrown veggies this good, you might even be able to convince your own children or grandchildren to give them a try!

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