Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Cleaning Your Diet

Spring is a great chance to clean out almost anything including what you eat on a regular basis. As the cold weather goes away finally (Yay!), we start to lose interest in those winter foods such as soups and casseroles. The other good thing about spring coming is that many fresh fruits and vegetables are going to be coming to a store near you. This will make healthy food shopping a lot more convenient for many. Eating spring fruits and vegetables can make it easier for you to keep up with a consistent healthy diet. 

Although many fruit and vegetables will vary by area, here are a list of some of spring’s finest fruits and vegetables that will be sure to keep you going during these beautiful spring months.
  1. Apricots – Try some chopped up fresh apricot in your salad. It will give it a nice sweet flavor.
  2. Broccoli РBroccoli is loaded with fiber and antioxidants which makes it an obvious choice. Try steamed or saut̩ed.
  3. Spring greens (Swiss chard, mustard greens, etc.) – Whip together a salad and add some of the other fresh vegetables to this mix. If you want more flavor add some lemon juice and olive oil to spice it up.
  4. OrangesOranges are mostly in season during the winter but they carry over to the spring as well.
  5. Strawberries – This fruit is known as a summer fruit but taste sweeter in the spring.
  6. Spinach – Try spinach as a topping as your sandwiches. It is also great when you incorporate it into a smoothie with other fruits and vegetables.
  7. Mangos – One of my favorite spring fruits. Mangos can be added to almost any kind of dish to add an extra fruity flavor. Toss some cut up mangos into a blender with some low fat yogurt to make a delicious and tasteful smoothie
  8. Asparagus – Asparagus can be found fresh in many grocery stores during the spring months. Try sprinkling them with olive oil, pepper, and touch of salt then either baking or grilling them.

Another hint to add more spring fruits and vegetables to your diet is cooking them up on the grill. Grilling is one of the healthier ways to cook up your food. Just remember that no matter what time of year it is you can always incorporate healthy foods into your diet.

Blog post by Krista Post.

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