Spring Food Choices - Nutrient Dense
Muscle Building Fat Burning Foods
I love this season because it means succulent fresh fruits and crispy
fibrous veggies! Even the non seasonal items seem to be more appealing in the
Berries are always a favorite but are at their sweetest
and ripest best during the spring and summer. Frozen and dried versions
of these fruits are available for other times of the year but these little morsels
are never better than during their peak season. Raspberries are an ideal fruit
with moderate sweetness and tons of fiber! They can be used in numerous ways fresh
or pureed while adding a plethora of phytochemicals to your diet which aid in
cancer fighting while also warding off the dreaded bladder infections! What better
ways to dress your morning oatmeal or jazz up that protein shake than with healthy
fresh berries! Best time to eat fruits is earlier in the day and in moderation
of course. You want the majority of your fruit veggie consumption to be veggies.
The richer the color the more nutrients you get!
Spring vegetables can revive
your pallet with crisp tasty choices which are best consumed in their raw form.
Salads are easy to make and easy to travel so why not take advantage of the fresh
produce on season? Spring greens which include some bitter greens are a fabulous
choice for both lunch and dinner side dishes. Leaves from Dandelion, radicchio,
and beets are just a few of the wonderful greens found in the spring greens
selection. Dandelion is an excellent diuretic and a few leaves in your salad can
give you a mild effect against water retention. Pile up 2 good cups of these and
top them with your favorite vinaigrette. Have a lunch salad with berries and nuts
to really tickly your tummy! Those of you on serious diets can top your salad
with grilled chicken or tuna and you are well on your way to some fat loss! I
personally like to add Udos Oil to my salad vinaigrettes.
still lacking in the average North American diet even with all the studies showing
how seriously helpful they are to prevent disabling and deadly diseases.
generous with tomatoes and enjoy the selection of yellow or grape tomatoes to
compliment any salad or meal. These wonder fruits have been thoroughly studied
and have been found to be one of the richest in nutrients used in both cooked
and raw format. Tomato sauce is said to have properties which are only produced
through the finished product.
Dark leafy greens and red leafs are 2 of the
richest leafy veggies to consider in your spring meal planning, using items such
as spinach, radicchio and mustard greens. Be generous and eat 2-4 cups of raw
leaves to your day with lunch and dinner.
Go with the vibrant colors provided
by spring and make sure to use a wide variety of these in your spring diet. Liven
up your dish with wild yellows, oranges, reds, greens, blues and purples! Try
to choose those with fewer sugars for the majority of time saving the sweeter
choices for occasional treats.