‘4 tips of Spring Foods to Enhance Health’

Main PhotoSome of us get an unpleasant surprise when we move out of winter and into spring – an extra ‘layer’. But the good news is that springtime foods promote weight loss naturally. As David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Centres says: “Food, if it’s chosen well, can reshape our medical destinies for the better.” So how do we fill our plates with delicious food this spring in order to produce a more supercharged you? The following tips are a good place to start.

Point 1 1.Stock up on spring super-fruits and vegetables: The superheroes of the food world, fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins and nutrients. The humble spring squash is an excellent example. The nutritional properties of squash depend on what type you get, but they’re all full of goodness. Yellow squash, for instance, has vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium and all 10 of the amino acids your body needs but doesn’t produce.
Point 22.Eat leaner cuts of meat: A little red meat now and again is fine, but too much is bad for your health. So go for chicken and fish instead. And when selecting your cuts of chicken, don’t instinctively go for white meat, for while it’s true that white meat has fewer calories, it also has less iron, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin and vitamins B6 and B12. And limityour consumption of things such as kidneys and liver to no more than once a month, as they are packed with cholesterol.
3.Cut out over processed breads:This means ‘white’ bread, in which a lot of the important nutrients, such as fibre, zinc, magnesium and folic acid, are not present. Better to go for wholegrain options, or better still buy a bread machine and bake your own tasty and nutritious loaves.
Point 44.Make it entertaining: Especially with children it’s important to feed the imagination, as well as the stomach. So introduce healthy ingredients in a fun way: add some shredded zucchini or spinach into your kids’ favourite foods, such as pasta, rice dishes and muffins. Or maybe produce a meal centred on a single colour, such as red. Serve pasta with tomato sauce, red peppers and strawberries.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is a vital part of maintaining good health. It doesn’t have to be difficult either. In fact, if you follow the tips above, you’ll get a spring in your step in no time at all!




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