Step Into Spring with Cleansing Foods

With the warmer temps and switch over to spring, comes a time of cleansing and the perfect opportunity to swap some of winter’s more grounding foods for spring’s light and energy filled dishes.

The concept of seasonal eating is an ancient one.

Throughout history, our ancestors naturally ate what was available to them in the climate and environment that they lived. There were no grocery stores, shipments from tropical locations or abundance in variety that we are accustomed to today. Until recently, we depended on the seasons to tell us what to eat, which was highly beneficial to our health and diet.

Springtime is the perfect time to indulge in light, cleansing, foods so our bodies can fast from the heavier, starchier foods of the fall and winter months. When we eat in rhythm with the seasons and the natural harvest of fruits and vegetables, we not only strengthen our connection to the environment around us, but we support our immune system, which makes us less susceptible to colds, flu and other illnesses. After all this time, we are still pre-programmed to access our ancestral memories of the harvest season.

Eating with the seasons can be a bit confusing because we have access to these foods year round, but try to incorporate more of the following foods into your springtime diet:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Cherries
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Dandelion greens
  • Fennel
  • Green onions
  • Mustard greens
  • New potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Spring lettuces
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Snow peas
  • Swiss chard
  • Watercress

Try the following delicious recipes this spring season to increase energy, boost immunity and put an extra spring into your step!

Spring Detox SaladCreamy Cherry Smoothie

Recipe by

Stephanie Wharton

Stephanie Wharton is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and part of the Lending Hearts Up Street team. You can learn more about her at