Spring is here and hopefully everyone is seeing sunshine, warming up, and getting excited about the nice weather. I have been excited about my garden that I planted several weeks ago and have been enjoying watching little sprouts poke out of the dirt. It won’t be too long before I will be able to start picking, snipping, and pulling out wonderful, organic, fresh foods from my garden to eat every day.
If you have ever wanted to grow some delicious food of your own but don’t have the space or time to take care of a full garden, here is a list of some plants that grow great in pots that you could start with. You don’t need a big garden to enjoy some healthy greens and feel good about eating the freshest most nutritious food grown by yourself. Try some of these to help strengthen your immunity.
Mint – it has both medicinal and culinary benefits. It aids in digestion and has been known to have anti-oxidant and disease preventing properties. You can put the leaves in boiling water and make tea, add it to recipes and desserts, or just put some leaves in ice water for a refreshing summer drink.
Parsley – high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Has been shown to inhibit tumor formation. Has vitamin K, helps with a healthy heart, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s great to throw in your morning smoothie.
Lemon Thyme – great to add to a salad for flavor. Packed with vitamin B-6, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and selenium.
Arugula – low calorie, nutrient rich, high in anti-oxidants (vitamins C, K, A). It is also a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage that helps with cancer prevention.
Spinach and Kale – do I really need to tell you about these? I feel I preach about them too much…I can’t remember the last time I went one whole day without eating either of these two powerhouse foods.
It doesn’t take much. A pot, some dirt, some seeds and you are on your way to healthy, delicious food that you can feel good about growing on your own and adding to your diet.
Give it a try this spring….you will be glad you did.
p.s. Kids love to play in dirt, water plants, and watch things grow…so get them involved too. When kids grow their own food they are more likely to eat it.
Choosing healthy living over dying :)