Your Guide to Low-GI Spring Produce

By: Tayler Glenn

Buy in-season produce means you enjoy the best flavor & fairest prices. But, without a nutrition label attached, it can be harder to choose foods that won’t mess with blood sugar levels!  Wondering where your favorite Spring produce falls on the Glycemic Index chart? The convenient listing here can help you navigate the Farmer’s Market with ease, helping keep your blood sugar levels (& sanity!)under control.

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The Glycemic Index (GI) is a system that assigns numerical measures which tell
you how much a particular food raises your blood sugar levels.
The lower a food is on the GI scale, the lower the effect on your blood sugar.
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Low-GI Spring Produce

Veggies

Due to their high fiber and water content, nonstarchy vegetables tend to be very low in carbohydrates and have little effect on blood sugar. This allows most nonstarchy vegetables to have a GI of 0, except for those higher in starches. 

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beet greens
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Endives
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Morels
  • Parsley
  • Pea Greens
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions
  • Swiss Chard

Fruits

Not all fruits are low-gi, but the ones that are are the ones you want to be sure to grab when they’re fresh! Many of these fruits can be found year-round in canned or frozen form, but these next few weeks are your chance to create some amazing recipes with fresh-picked fruits.

  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Mangoes
  • Oranges
  • Rhubarb
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Passionfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado
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Low-GI Recipes with Spring Produce

Green Berry Shake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serves: Makes 1 shake
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, quartered and stems removed
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 svg TLS® Shake – Vanilla or Chocolate
  • ice, to taste

Prep:

  • Add all ingredients & blend
  • Add ice or more liquid to reach desired consistency

Enjoy!

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Chicken, Avocado, & Grapefruit Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Serves: Makes 4 servings
Ingredients: 

  • 2 red grapefruits
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 T avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups roasted chicken, skinned and cubed
  • 3 fresh avocados
  • fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 3 cups chopped tomato
  • parsley, to taste
  • 8 cups mixed greens

Prep:

  • Halve the grapefruits with a knife, then slice between the membranes and remove segments from one half.
  • Juice the remaining half and set aside.
  • Whisk together grapefruit juice, red wine vinegar, avocado oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place grapefruit segments in dressing & let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Toss greens and chicken with grapefruit mixture, then add cubed avocado.
  • Top with additional salt & pepper to taste

Enjoy!

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What Spring produce are you most excited for this year? Tell us & drop your favorite recipes below!