We agree the word “superfood” is kind of tired at this point, especially since a new one seems to crop up daily (as your Instagram account can probably attest.) The truth is though, certain fruits, veggies, and grains really do work wonders on your skin, energy levels, mood, immune system, and—we have to say it with bikini season just months away—your waistline.
Cooking with the clean, fresh options available right now—strawberries, asparagus, avocados, and quinoa, to name a few—is easy enough if you plan ahead, which is why we’ve highlighted 25 healthy superfood recipes to test out all spring.
From zucchini tacos to a lightened-up version of shrimp and broccoli, read on—then go give your local farmer’s market, veggie stand, or produce aisle some business.
All tacos are the best, but these Crispy Zucchini Tacos give you key nutrients including vitamin A, magnesium, folate, fiber, and more. Boom.
Recipe: How Sweet It Is
You can feel extra-good about making this sun-dried tomato, spinach, and quinoa salad, since spinach is a source of energizing iron.
Recipe: Cookie and Kate
Strawberries give you a nice dose of skin-repairing antioxidants and vitamin C, so try dipping your Tostitos in strawberry salsa.
Recipe: Closet Cooking
Burst Tomato and Zucchini Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce is definitely a contender for all-time best spring superfood pasta. Slurp it up!
Recipe: Pinch of Yum
This colorful Spring Buckwheat Salad is chock-full of nutrients, including radishes, which are high in vitamins and flavor, and low in calories.
Recipe: Green Kitchen Stories
Pineapple sweetens up a basic chicken dish—plus, it may protect against high blood pressure and diabetes, and even boost your fertility.
Recipe: Crème de la Crumb
Because broccoli (loaded with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins K and C) is clearly the healthiest vehicle for cheese eeever, you'll love this broccoli cheese soup.
Recipe: Averie Cooks
Upgrade your BEC with an Easy Baked Avocado and Egg—the creamy green fruit helps strengthen your bones and fight inflammation.
If you're craving a grilled cheese but don’t want the guilt, add strawberries and rhubarb, which has iron, B vitamins, and magnesium.
Recipe: Melanie Makes
Even salad haters will be intrigued by this almost-too-pretty-to-eat Watermelon Radish Salad.
Recipe: Wild Greens and Sardines
Asparagus contain folate, which may help perk up your mood. Add pizza to the equation and you’ll definitely be smiling.
Recipe: With Food and Love
Dried apricots are cool and all, but fresh ones make this Kale, Apricot and Quinoa Salad tart and sweet—not to mention good for your GI system, bones, heart, and metabolism.
Recipe: The Floating Kitchen
A flavorful way to mix up your weekday lunch break: Green Salad with Beets, Oranges, and Avocado.
Recipe: Gimme Some Oven
This zesty vegan Roasted Asparagus Soup with Pistachio Cream only takes half an hour. Go!
These Baked Turkey Zucchini Meatballs don’t need spaghetti to be delizioso.
Recipe: Baker by Nature
Here’s how you justify eating more than your fair share of bacon—put it on top of peas. Lots and lots of peas.
Recipe: Five Heart Home
Outdo your local Chinese delivery spot with this Shrimp Fried Rice with Broccoli.
Recipe: Primavera Kitchen
When you're in the mood for a fresh, healthy, comfort-food dinner, go for this 20-minute pasta with broccoli, garlic, lemon, and basil.
Recipe: Love & Lemons
Step your wrap game up a notch with these satisfyingly savory Creamy Spinach and Feta Cheese ones.
Instead of ordering in, make your own 10 Minute Veggie Fried Rice: This one has green peas, which contain fiber, plant protein, and zinc.
Recipe: Pinch of Yum
Fava beans are loaded with protein and fiber; try ‘em in pasta along with prosciutto, arugula, and goat cheese.
Recipe: A Cozy Kitchen
Artichokes taste amazing and contain tons of free radical-fighting antioxidants, so clearly you should be putting them on top of pizza.
Recipe: Cooking Classy
Also, if you weren’t already, you should be putting strawberries on your fish tacos. Duh.
Recipe: Back to Her Roots
Consider this the ultimate soba noodle spring superfood salad: It’s got fava beans, asparagus, broccoli, and avocado oil.
Recipe: Food 52
Ramen goes gourmet with this Chicken and Veggies Ramen Noodles Skillet, featuring fresh sugar snap peas, which have immunity-fortifying vitamin C.