Quick and Easy Meals for Spring

There are only a few days left in March, but it’s better late than never to celebrate National Nutrition Month. With warmer temps and a change of seasons often comes a change in menu. Here’s how to give your meals a healthy spring makeover.

 

Eat your veggies. Spring and summer usher in a whole new selection of fresh veggies. Take advantage by pairing crunchy vegetables (instead of chips) with your favorite dips. Baby carrots and hummus make a healthy twosome. Add a baked potato topped with beans and salsa for a quick and nutritious meal.

Fire up the grill. Instead of burgers and steaks, opt for a heart healthier alternative like chicken and vegetable kabobs. Cut up a variety of peppers and onions, add cherry tomatoes and button mushrooms, and skewer them along with chunks of chicken breast. Baste and/or season, then grill until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with steamed rice and a salad of tossed greens.

Try a fruit salsa. Homemade salsa is not just for tomatoes anymore. Pineapple, kiwi, oranges and mango can combine to make a delicious fruit salsa. Pair it with grilled chicken or a white fish for a healthy dinner.

Dress up your salad. With a little embellishment, your side salad can become a meal in itself. Toss salad greens together with fruits like raspberries, mango, mandarin oranges or strawberries. Add grilled chicken or salmon for protein, throw in some almonds or walnuts, and top with a vinaigrette or poppy seed dressing.

After your meal, satisfy your sweet tooth. Top frozen yogurt with fresh fruit and granola, or serve fresh strawberries with a slice of low-fat angel food cake and a dollop of whipped cream—both are light, refreshing and guilt-free.

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