The sun is shining and it is unseasonably warm. Grass is starting to turn green and it seems as if each morning new signs of spring are making their appearance. Soon it will be time to prepare the garden and make way for the fruits and vegetables Colorado has to offer.

Vegetables that grow well in Colorado include beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, collards, cucumbers, lettuce onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, squash, tomatoes and zucchini. Fruits that are successful in Colorado include apples, cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, raspberries and shrub fruits. There are a ton of resources for planting directions and advice — most local garden centers have experts on hand to answer questions and a simple Web search will provide a harvest of information.

Colorado Gardening

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension

While you wait for your garden to grow, there are a lot of fruits and vegetables that are in season now that will add some spring to your diet.  While shopping this weekend, add some artichokes, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, fennel, kale, potatoes, rhubarb, rutabaga, and turnips to your basket.  Sweeten your diet with some blood oranges, grapefruit, kiwi or pineapple.

Natural Home and Garden: Spring Foods

If you are trying to slim down a little so you look great in your bathing suit when summer rolls around, Shape magazine has named the Top 50 spring diet foods for weight loss. This handy Web page lists the foods, describes their health benefits and offers a recipe or two for each food.

Shape: Top 50 Spring Diet Foods

For the gourmets out there, Bon Appetit put together a “Spring Awakening” list of dishes that include tasty meals like peas, mint and parmesan crostini; beet, rhubarb and orange salad; and Moroccan-style vegetable stew with Harissa yogurt sauce.

Bon Appetit: Spring Awakening

With all the delicious, healthy foods of spring come a variety of fattening foods to avoid. Sorry, gang, hot dogs at the ballpark are not good for you and made WebMD’s list of Spring’s Most Fattening Foods.

WebMD: Springs 10 Most Fattening Foods

Not matter what you are craving, let Serendipity help you plan your menu. From basic tasty dishes to globally inspired food featuring Colorado ingredients, we can cater any party for any occasion. Call us today!

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