for the best nourishment in Spring, Eat the weeds growing around your garden*.
What to eat + drink in Spring
Spring is all about getting back into the garden. For refreshing + cleansing Spring recipes, hydration tips, seasonal eats, and more, scroll on! But as always, make sure you have good footing in your personal nutrition first by visiting the Nutrition module in the Foundations of Health.
Nourishment Practices for Spring
Our requirements and desires shift beautifully season to season. When we honor and reflect the real time of nature, especially through our diet, vitality and wellbeing often flow effortlessly. To ensure good health this season, make sure to follow the following nourishment practices:
Don’t abandon warming foods just yet
Winter was all about warm and rich foods, and with the onset of Spring we may want to ditch our bowls of stew. But wait! The transition between seasons is when we are most susceptible to illness, and the wet and sometimes chilly Spring days still need to be met with internal warmth. Opt for lighter soups that are still nutrient dense and satisfying. This is almost a must when embarking on a spring cleanse, as warm and slow cooked meals are the easiest on our digestion.
Feed your liver
Like we mentioned above, Spring time is a wonderful time to cleanse (we’ll be talking all about safe ways to detox in cleanse all season long!). But what we don’t want to do is overtax our organs (mainly the kidney’s and liver) in the process. One of the best ways to support the liver is at every meal—make sure you are eating plenty of bitters (bitter greens are best). This tells your liver to perk up and dump any unwanted toxins, and as you digest your food and empty the bowels, all the liver toxins will make their grand exit as well. Thank you bitters!
Think hydration at every meal
Although we may be getting plenty of rain this season, the transition between Winter and Spring is a dry one for us internally. Start incorporating juicy foods into the diet (read: melon, radishes, etc) to hydrate from the inside out.
Weeds, greens, and more weeds
Ahhh, my absolute favorite part of Spring—the weeds! Scan your garden for popular Springtime weeds such as Chickweed, Nettle, Cleavers, Miner’s Lettuce and more. If you have a garden free of pesticides or other contaminants, go ahead and pick them and put them in your salads, soups, sandwiches, or just eat them straight. These nutrient dense weeds are the original superfood, and they are right outside your doorstep!
In the kitchen
My kitchen in Springtime involves cupboards full of concoctions—tall glass jars full of green weeds, vinegars, ferments, and edible flowers (make sure to check out this season’s bonuses for those recipes). There is no time of year that I am more inspired to be in the kitchen than Spring! Below are some of my favorite recipes using local, seasonal, and accessible ingredients. Enjoy!
People always ask me about eating weeds, as its one of my favorite things to add to dishes and medicines. We have a lot of reservation around this practice, however, our ancestors have been doing this for thousands of years. To start people off slow, I always recommend this pesto recipe.
Grilled asparagus salad
Grilled asparagus salad
Spring = Asparagus, no? These yummy veggies are a household fave, especially grilled on a cool spring evening. Toss in a little Meyer lemon dressing and oof, delish!
An important note on cleansing…
Spring cleaning, spring cleansing… there’s a lot of emphasis of getting rid of the junk this season. I’m a huge fan. But what I’m not a fan of is folks having the wrong idea, or wrong agreement with their mind and body on what exactly they are trying to get rid of.
Without naming names, there are A LOT of different theories about how and when to cleanse. Some are incredibly restrictive, some are incredibly lax. Depending where you are in your journey you may find yourself somewhere along that spectrum. But more than anything, your guiding light to cleansing should be meeting yourself where you’re at. If you spent the entire Winter eating poorly, a 3-day juice fast isn’t going to radically transform you into a glowing string bean.
So, what’s the best way to cleanse this Spring?
Start by focusing on and clearing up your hardest working organ systems. This is a personal question, as everyone is different. Does your skin struggle immensely? How about your digestion—is it a wreck? Nervous system totally fried? Pick one body system and dedicate the season to honoring and tending it with great care.
And as always, drink plenty of water.