Now that it’s officially spring, you can finally start enjoying warmer weather and more opportunities to exercise outdoors. Spring also ushers in sunnier days and an abundance of fruits and veggies that you won’t be able to resist. From fresh apricots to green beans, there are sweet and refreshing snacks that you and your kids will love eating throughout the day.
Take advantage of freshness
You may have had some oranges during the wintertime, but nothing is quite as satisfying as fresh, local citrus. Spring is the perfect time to spend a day at a nearby farm. Fruits and veggies don’t get much fresher! Plus, the kids will love the unique atmosphere and might even begin to show more interest in nutritious foods!
This veggie can be served in various forms – alone with low-fat dressing, as a dip or over whole grain pasta. When shopping for artichokes, the Produce for Better Health Foundation stated that you should look for heavy artichoke heads that have closed leaves and are plump. You can store them for up to a week in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, but make sure to keep them dry. Ensuring that your kids get their dietary fibers will be easy when there are so many serving options.
Bring a tropical atmosphere into your home with mangoes. These juicy sweet fruits can be sliced up and eaten as is, or used in salads, salsas and smoothies. They’ll satisfy even the sweetest of teeth. Given their tropical origin, these should not be placed in the refrigerator unless peeled. Mangoes are low in fat and high in vitamin A. If you’re looking to eat them right away, look for ones that are aromatic and somewhat soft. On the other hand, if you’re planning to consume them at a later time, find ones that are firm and wait for them to ripen at home.
These veggies can be quickly prepared as a side dish for dinner. Look for bunches that are green. Avoid ones with yellow – these are stale and will be difficult to chew, even when cooked. As a good source of vitamins A and C, it’s healthy for children, but avoid serving them to younger kids, as they require more chewing than lettuces or beans.
This spring, introduce your family to new and exciting foodstuffs that’ll encourage healthy eating. Fully embrace the season by packing the meal up and going outdoors for a picnic!