Welcome back to another installment of Slender Body Solutions healthy weight loss blog. As I write this, spring is in full swing and I wanted to dedicate this article to eating with the seasons. Prehistorically we always ate with the seasons since we were tied to what was available in nature. Our modern world has allowed us to eat whatever we want regardless of whether it is in season or not. Many of you may find it helpful to focus your dietary choices on eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally “in season” right now. Seasonal eating allows us to maximize our nutrition intake and stay in balance.
Life develops as winter releases its chill. Small sprouts, full of life grow as spring progresses. All of this life erupts into a multitude of green food and colorful berries. We can reap the rewards of these nutritional powerhouses by creating delicious salads. Greens are the basis of many great salads and in general the darker the greens the better. Iceberg lettuce is what comes to mind when many of us think of salad but I am asking you to step up your salad game! Iceberg lettuce is very low in nutrition and by making a simple upgrade to spinach, baby kale or a mesclun mix you will punch up the nutrition in your next salad!
Salad is more than a pile of greens, so let’s discuss some fun and healthy additions to your ultimate home salad bar. Add extra veggies for color, texture and nutrients. Sprinkle in some sprouts for added vitamins and flavor. Try some spring radishes and slice them thin for a nice crunch, or shred carrots and zucchini. Put a little protein on that salad with some prepared beans, grilled chicken, a little cheese or some crushed nuts. Hard-boiled eggs provide ready to go protein.
One important salad addition that can make or break your healthy meal is dressing. While most of us love creamy dressings like ranch and blue cheese, they are full of fat, salt and calories that can weigh down your light salad. Vinaigrette dressing are in a base of vinegar and oil that offer many health benefits, look at this article on the health benefits of balsamic vinegar. If you would like a little more detailed information how to maximize your salads potential, please check out this article from Dr. Mercola. While store brought dressing are fine homemade recipes can use high quality, fresh ingredients that will make your salad pop, while highlighting seasonal delicacies! Try some of these fantastic salad dressing recipes.
Set yourself up for salad success by having your favorite salad fixings prepped and ready. Make your vinaigrette salad dressing ahead of time so it is ready to go. You can start with a bag of mixed greens, try spinach, mesclum mix or baby kale. One trick I use is to put a paper towel or two in your bag of greens to soak up additional moisture and keep them fresh longer. Remember if your bag of greens is getting a little old just sauté them with some a touch of oil, salt and pepper. Now you have a side dish and zero waste! Buy you favorite salad veggies and wash them in a sink full of water, add a cup of white vinegar to make your own veggie wash. Now you can chop your veggies and store them in the refrigerator for salad any time!
Remember eating fresh is a state of mind. Anyone can add some fresh veggies to their diet. All of us at Slender Body Solutions are here to support your healthy weight loss goals. We are dedicated to providing you with delicious recipes that are fun and simple for you and your family.