Ways for You to Refresh Your Health and Wellness Plan this Spring
Spring cleaning isn’t just about fixing up your home—it’s also a time to consider cleaning up your diet by taking advantage of the wealth of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables available at this time. To get you started, the experts from the Delaware 4-H Program developed a list of nutritious fruit and vegetable options that are perfect for spring eating.
Take a look at their top 10 recommendations:
- Apricots: These springtime delights can be either sweet or tart. Loaded with vitamins E and C, apricots are also a good source of potassium.
- Asparagus:Highly nutritious and can be eaten cooked or raw, this vegetable is also an excellent source of fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.
- Banana: One of the most widely consumed fruits on the planet, bananas are a fantastic source of potassium. Bananas are also high in vitamins B6 and C.
- Leeks: Like onions, leeks are root vegetables with a mild, sweet flavor. Leeks are a great source of vitamin K and can be sliced in a salad, added to a roasted dish or soup, or used as a topping to finish a dish.
- Lemon: What would spring be like without a refreshing glass of lemonade? Full of vitamins C and B6, the flavorful juice, pulp, and rind of lemons can be used in cooking and baking.
- Mango: Often referred to as the king of fruit, mangos are rich in vitamins C and are also a good source of magnesium and potassium.
- Watercress: Great in salads, soups, and smoothies, this versatile veggie is packed with vitamins K and C.
- Onion: Brimming with vitamins C and B6, onions can be baked, boiled, grilled, fried, roasted, sauteed, powdered, or eaten raw. Primarily used in savory dishes, onions can also be eaten raw or used to make pickles or chutneys.
- Peas: Don’t let their small size fool you. Peas are full of flavor, loaded with fiber, and rich in vitamins K, C, and A.
- Pineapple: Prickly on the outside but sweet and delicious on the inside, pineapples are rich in vitamin C and high in manganese. Their tender yet firm texture makes pineapples great for grilling and adding to salads.
Speaking of pineapples, we have a healthy recipe that’s perfect for the season—our delicious Grilled Pineapple & Shrimp Skewers. See recipe here.
While cooking up some tasty spring recipes, you should also consider cleaning out your pantry and making sure you refill it with healthy options.
Spring is also when shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits start making their appearance, and we can no longer hide underneath the bulky layers of clothes we wore all winter. And, of course, there are also all sorts of food temptations that come with the season. Here are some recommendations from GOLO to help guide your wellness journey during the season:
- Take advantage of the fresh air, sunshine, and seasonal fruits and vegetables
- Set goals and stay positive
- Get up and get moving (a nice walk through the neighborhood or nearby park)
- Find little ways to reward yourself (non-food related)
- Increase your exercise (at a gym, outside, or at home)
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