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Lighten Up


Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, March 18th, 2011

 


I am sitting in a spot of sunshine and it’s reminding me spring IS right around the corner. This means, gasp, swimsuit season is near and it is time to undo some of that winter damage. After a winter full of heavy holiday meals, our bodies are craving the lighter, fresher fare that pop up in spring. It is a natural occurrence. Our ancestors ate what was available and fresh greens and fruit always grew in the spring. Luckily seasonal spring foods are nutrient packed and the perfect jump start to get your shape back in, well, shape.

 

Here are my top 7 spring food picks that will help you on your way.

  1. Cherries. Full of antioxidants that fight the free radicals in your body. Fewer free radical means your body can get down to the business of properly using food for fuel.
  2. Asparagus. Not only are they loaded with vitamin A and folate but at only 4 calories a spear, you can munch away. Try them grilled.
  3. Onions. A powerhouse when it comes to weight loss. Onions contain minerals that break down fat and speed up metabolism. Definitely worth the bad breath factor.
  4. Beets. Loaded with energy providing B vitamins. Since you will be kicking your exercise routine up a notch, you will need all the energy you can get. Delicious roasted.
  5. Halibut. High source of lean protein. Go wild not farmed if possible.
  6. Artichokes. These require little extra work to eat. This means you can eat these slowly and that is great for weight loss. The folate and vitamin C these provide is an extra bonus.
  7. Quinoa. My favorite grain. High in protein, high in fiber. Keeps you fuller longer. Use it in place of rice or pasta.

Okay, I said 7 favorites. But I can’t leave out mushrooms, coconut, and spinach.

You can make a whole meal of these great spring foods. Grilled halibut and asparagus topped with roasted onions and beets served alongside a bed of quinoa. Cherries for dessert anyone? The key is to keep it clean when cooking. Grilling, steaming or baking are great preparation choices. Avoid heavy sauces and dressings. A little olive oil, lemon, and mint (two other springtime favorites) are all you need to add a little zing. Eating locally grown foods in accordance with the seasons can make you feel more in tune with your body. So, listen to your body and get ready to lighten up.

 

Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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