As we continue our Spring Fling together, today we are going to add a little more Spring to your plate.
Whenever the seasons change our cravings do too. Remember this past December when your body was craving root veggies and meat? Your body was craving heavier and more nourishing foods to help keep you warm. Our body adapts to its environment and knows that these foods are needed in the winter, but not so much in the spring and summer when the weather is warmer. In the warmer months we need lighter and more cooling foods.
You may have noticed that your body is now starting to crave fruits and more greens, perhaps you start wanting salads again for lunch instead of heavy soups. These fruits and vegetables not only support our body’s internal temperature but also help our body feel more energized. Spring fruits and veggies actually require less energy to digest unlike the heavier foods we were eating this winter.
One of the best ways to help your body transition from the winter to spring is to eat in season. You can also do this as you get ready for the cooler months, switch out the greens for root veggies like turnips and radishes. This is how our ancestors ate!
Some of my favorite spring vegetables are: asparagus, artichokes, carrots, spinach, collard greens, sugar snap peas and avocados and my favorite spring fruits are strawberries, apricots, mangoes and rhubarb!
What I like to do for a nice spring time lunch is make a big spinach salad and add carrots, sugar snap peas, strawberries, slivered almonds and sliced avocado. You can also make one of my favorite springs recipes for dinner, veggie lettuce wraps which are one of the easiest and most delicious ways to enjoy some your favorite spring fruits and veggies.
Another reason I love eating in season is because it is also budget friendly. Next time you go to the grocery store notice how all of the spring foods will be out front and are usually on sale. Plus these foods just taste better because they are fresher and are not being flown in from other countries.
I find that eating in season also helps me stay inspired. I admit that I get lazy sometimes when I go grocery shopping and find it easy to buy the same vegetables and fruits each week. When I get into this food rut I end up becoming bored with my meals and I tend to start having intense cravings. When we are constantly adding different types of food into our diet it helps to satisfy and nourish our bodies. If you have the tendency to buy the same foods each week, try adding in some of the spring fruits and veggies and make a spring salad or veggie lettuce wraps.
One of the best ways to stay inspired to eat healthy is to have fun with it! If you like to take photos how about starting a Instagram feed with all of your healthy meals? You will feel encouraged by all of the “likes” you receive each time you post a photo. You can also have a Spring Fling pot luck dinner with your friends. Each friend can bring over their favorite springtime dish and you can all try some new foods together. I find that when I’m having fun with my food, it helps me stay on my healthy track.
Enjoy trying some new foods this week and be sure to join us next week for our last spring fling together. I will be sharing some of my favorite holistic self-care remedies that will help your skin glow and your body stay healthy this spring.
Katie + Danielle
A lover of all things health and wellness, Katie Bressack is an LA based holistic health coach supporting busy women in their quest to live healthier and more balanced lives. Her home is Katiebressack.com and she plays daily on Instagram and Facebook where she shares health and wellness inspiration.