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Spring Clean Your Plate

As the days grow longer and the weather warms, spring presents the perfect opportunity to revitalize your diet and embrace the abundance of fresh, seasonal produce. Transitioning to a springtime diet not only adds variety and flavor to your meals, but also offers a host of health benefits. Here are some exciting ways to refresh your plate and nourish your body with the vibrant colors and flavors of the season:

Embrace Seasonal Produce 

Spring brings an array of colorful fruits and vegetables bursting with flavor and nutrients. Incorporate seasonal favorites like strawberries, asparagus, spinach, peas, radishes, and artichokes into your meals. These fresh ingredients not only taste delicious but also provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support overall health.

Lighten Up Your Meals

Say goodbye to hearty winter stews and casseroles and welcome lighter, fresher fare to your table. Opt for salads filled with leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, and juicy fruits. Experiment with grain bowls featuring quinoa or farro paired with grilled vegetables and lean proteins like grilled chicken or tofu. Spring is also the perfect time to enjoy seafood like salmon or shrimp, grilled or roasted with a squeeze of lemon and fresh herbs.

Get Creative with Herbs and Spices

Fresh herbs and spices can elevate the flavor of any dish, and add a burst of freshness to your springtime meals. Experiment with herbs like basil, mint, cilantro, and dill to brighten up salads, marinades, and sauces. Incorporate aromatic spices like turmeric, ginger, and cumin into soups, stir-fries, and roasted vegetables for an extra boost of flavor and anti-inflammatory properties.

Support Local Farmers

Take advantage of farmers’ markets and local produce stands to source the freshest seasonal ingredients while supporting local farmers and growers. Not only does buying locally grown produce reduce the environmental impact of transportation, but it also ensures that you’re getting the highest quality and most flavorful fruits and vegetables available.

Stay Hydrated

As the weather warms up, it’s essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Add a refreshing twist to your hydration routine by infusing water with slices of citrus fruits, cucumber, or fresh herbs like mint or basil. Herbal teas and sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice are also excellent options for staying cool and hydrated during the spring months.

By embracing seasonal eating and filling your plate with fresh, nutrient-rich foods, you can revitalize your diet and nourish your body with the wholesome goodness of nature. Visit your local market, explore the abundance of springtime delights, and savor the delicious flavors of the season while nurturing your health and well-being to the fullest.

Kristen Van Hull

Nutrition Coach

Prowess Fitness + Nutrition

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