March 15, 2024

Spring Fresh

Spring Fresh Recipes and Tips for Health and Happiness

Spring has sprung, and with it comes an abundance of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits to delight our taste buds. As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to embrace lighter meals that celebrate the flavors of the season.
From crisp asparagus and tender baby spinach to juicy strawberries and fragrant herbs, the options are really endless when it comes to incorporating seasonal produce into your meals. Whether you’re enjoying a refreshing salad, a colorful stir-fry, or simply snacking on a bowl of fresh berries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Not only are seasonal fruits and vegetables delicious, but they’re also packed with essential nutrients that support overall health and well-being. From vitamins and minerals to antioxidants and fiber, these fresh ingredients nourish our bodies and help us feel our best as we transition into the new season.

As the days grow longer, we’re not only treated to an array of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, but also to extra sunlight and an essential nutrient: vitamin D. This sunshine vitamin plays a crucial role in supporting our overall health, from strengthening our bones to boosting our immune system. With more time in the day, there’s ample opportunity to soak up some sunshine and naturally increase our vitamin D levels. Longer days mean more time for outdoor activities and exercise, whether it’s going for a walk, a bike ride, or cheering on your kids at their outdoor sports events. Taking advantage of the extended daylight hours can invigorate the body and mind, allowing us to enjoy the simple pleasures while staying active and healthy (remembering the SPF if out for an extended time). Did you know a simple 10-minute digestive walk after meals can aid in digestion, boost metabolism, and promote overall well-being? Make it a daily goal and feel the difference!

So, as we bid farewell to winter and embrace the freshness of spring, let’s make the most of the abundance of seasonal produce available to us – whether you’re shopping at your local farmer’s market or growing your own garden, and the extra time, which we all could use! Take advantage and enjoy the simple pleasures.

Courtesy of the easy search feature on both the PLATE43 home and “Recipes” pages, find deliciously nutritious, hearty salad and meal recipes at the touch of your fingertips that will surely inspire!

Happy Spring!

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