[Vlog #18] 5 Beauty Boosting Spring Veggies!
Vlog from our LA Festival featured speaker, Kimberley Snyder.
“Welcome to spring! We made it! Depending where you live, we got out of the harsh, cold winter and now this amazing exciting time of year where there’s more growing. You see it in nature. You see more variety and more leafy-ness happening at the farmer’s market — which is of course very exciting.
Whether it’s the farmer’s market or your local market where you conveniently shop, I want to talk today to you about five beauty boosting veggies to look out for.
First I’ll say that rotation is really great to do to make sure you’re getting a variety of nutrients in your diet; it’s a great way to just get a full range of what we need for our beauty, our health, our vitality in general, and I do encourage rotating our greens in your Glowing Green Smoothie®.
Rotating the greens that you use in your salads, and the veggies that you cook with overall. So, now is the a great time to focus on the five, or weave them into five I’m gonna talk about today into your rotation at the moment.
The first one is cabbage. So easy to source and inexpensive. I’m a huge cabbage lover, you guys. I’ve talked about it quite a bit. I have different recipes with cabbage from our Probiotic & Enzyme Salad to our Mushroom & Napa Cabbage Lime Stir-fry.
I just think you’re getting huge bang for your buck with cabbage. It’s full of fiber, which isn’t just about cleansing. It actually nourishes your gut lining to help your gut produce the right short chain fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation and just keep your skin glowing. Just keep you nice and healthy and having all that energy and vitality.
Cabbage is also really high in vitamin C. It has different minerals. Don’t leave cabbage out of your cart when you’re going to the market. Use it in creative ways. I throw it in my soup. I use it in stir fry. I love having a head of cabbage in my fridge, and I do use it in different ways.
Number two is kale. And of course, kale got really trendy, especially a few years ago, but I still think kale, which is available even through the winter but now, especially in early Spring into late Spring and beyond. Kale is amazing!
If you can get baby kale at the farmer’s market, that’s a great way to get variety. There’s different kinds of kale. It’s so high in amino acids, minerals; it’s gonna make you strong; it’s going to help strengthen your hair and give you nice healthy skin.
What you wanna do with kale is throw some in your GGS in the rotation, and you can also make my Dharma’s Kale Salad, which is just mashing some avocado in there and lemon juice, a little bit of sea salt, some nutritional yeast. You can check out the recipe for the Dharma’s kale salad as well, here on kimberlysnyder.com.
It’s a wonderful way to get kale in, and I actually did a post where I planted my veggie garden, and I have a lot of kale. I have two different kinds of kale, so I’ll share that with you guys. I’m gonna eat a lot of kale salad this Spring especially.
The third veggie I wanna bring up is green beans. And green beans you’ll see at the markets as well now. It’s the time when you start to see them a lot. Other times of year too, but it’s just a great reminder that beans are high in vitamin K — you’re gonna get lots of different minerals from them and they’re a great veggie to rotate in.
I love to pair green beans particularly with quinoa, like in my Green Bean and Quinoa Casserole. You can do a nice little stir fry with cooking the quinoa then mixing them in with the beans, nice pop of green.
You’re gonna get all the protein from the quinoa. It’s a nice lunch. You could top it with, or toss it with some fresh greens like salad greens or romaine or arugula, and you’ll have a nice little meal. So, use those green beans right now especially.
The fourth is weeds, which sounds so funny because we think oh, we pluck up the weeds and we throw them away. But, weeds are really hearty resistant greens. You can see them in the farmer’s market. Personally, purslane it’s one of my favorites.
I started eating it when I was living in New York. I would go to the Union Square farmer’s market all the time and get it. Personally, it’s delicious. So, lamb’s quarter, dandelion greens — they’re very high in antioxidants. Throw some into your GGS. Throw them into your salad. Some are more bitter than others like the dandelion greens, so be careful. But wonderful to look out for.
The fifth veggie is okra. Yes, okra is a great one to look for this time of year. It’s high in folate and different minerals like manganese, vitamin K, and B vitamins, which are great for your hair and your skin.
We don’t always see it year round so this is a great time particularly to look out for it depending where you live, depending on what your local farmers are growing. You can use it in different veggie dishes. It just adds great variety and you can work it in.”