So, the weather is finally warming up and I am hoping that it is here to stay, winter was just a few days too long for me this year. Spring feels like it is here now to stay until summertime, and I can tell because my body has suddenly begun craving different foods! Just a few weeks ago I was posting about my obsession with kale, but now I cannot get enough of spring mix from the farmers market! I have been topping my salads with endless radishes and strawberries and the thought of something heavy makes my body sad! It is craving salads with lemon dressing, and light grains up top of them, in particular quinoa and buckwheat!
I got home today from school and all I wanted to have was a smoothie! My smoothies have been getting bigger and fresher each time I make them, I can actually feel spring showing itself through my body.
Something else that spring is bringing is a time for cleansing and detoxing. Easter just passed, and I indulged just a bit too much in chocolate treats and things I normally choose to keep out of my diet. So I have designed a cleanse that I will embark on starting in a few days.
To leave you I have decided to put together a list of seasonal spring vegetables and fruits so that you too can join me in eating more seasonal and enjoying the foods mother nature is ready to give to us!
Artichokes (I hope to try my hand at these!)
Rhubarb (this is growing fast in our garden!)
Now the foods available in your area may differ, and being in Canada I cannot always get everything local, but I have been finding some pretty amazing and fresh produce at the farmers market on Saturday mornings!
Here is a quick recipe for my favourite spring salad!
Spring Salad (serves 1)
Balsamic Dijon dressing
Put these in a jar and shake until all combined. Can be stored for a day or so. I tend to make it fresh each time, or just for a couple days. The oil sometimes hardens in the fridge making it less convenient to use again. Pour this on your salad!
What spring produce are you excited to get your hands on this year?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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