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Spring Clean for Health

Alyssa Simon • Mar 15, 2014

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Isn’t it wonderful when the weather turns warmer, the grass turns greener, and leaves and flowers begin to bud? When spring is in the air, many people find it a great time to return to healthy habits. Sometimes it can be difficult during the winter to exercise and eat right; it gets dark so early, and comfort foods and holiday foods are plentiful.  With the change in weather, it is a great time for a change in health, or “spring cleaning” of your diet and lifestyle! 

One way to start out can be simply adding back more fresh fruits and vegetables. You can even plant your own in a garden, or grow a small pot of tomatoes in your home! Gardening is not only a great way to ensure you have the freshest produce, but it is also a way to get physical activity! Gardening is also a great learning experience for children, so be sure to bring them along with you! Easy and fun produce to plant include green beans, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, and lettuce.

It is important to remember that there are many other uses for fresh fruits and vegetables besides salads. Here are some great ways to include more fresh produce:

  • Add steamed carrots and green beans to soups
  • Snack on some tomatoes with cottage cheese    kids and parents gardening
  • Have a tea party with your children and serve cucumber sandwiches
  • Toss yellow squash with olive oil, rosemary, and parsley for a marinated snack or meal addition
  • Steam broccoli as a great addition to grilled chicken or fish
  • Spread some hummus and turkey slices on lettuce for a delicious lettuce wrap
  • Add an apple to lunch with your sandwich
  • Slice a banana onto your cereal
  • Enjoy some fresh berries with a dollop of whipped cream
  • Add lemon or lime wedges to grilled chicken or fish dinners
  • Have some mandarin oranges for a sweet snack
  • Make a fruit smoothie with bananas, berries, or mango


As the weather warms up, it is also a great time to begin incorporating more physical activity into your day. When the weather is nice, park your car farther away in parking lots, walk more to your destination if you can, and go for after dinner walks with the family. Walking is an excellent way to stay healthy, and it is a great form of physical activity that people are more likely to stick to.










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Written by Alyssa SimonWritten on Mar 15, 2014Last updated on Mar 29, 2014




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