Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring Fever

Spring brings us dozens of fresh and delicious produce options and tempts us to get outside and enjoy the weather before the heat and humidity become overwhelming. We are also reminded that bathing suit season is just around the corner!
This month also happens to be National Nutrition Month. Celebrate the changing of the seasons and National Nutrition Month by eating fresh, delicious spring fruits and vegetables and enjoying this beautiful weather while getting some exercise.
Look for strawberries, navel oranges, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, lemons and limes. These fruits are fresh and in season now, and pack a punch of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Artichokes, sugar snap peas, asparagus, green onions, sweet peas, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, and red potatoes are at their best in the spring and require little prep and cooking to make them taste great. Take advantage of Spring’s bounty and aim to get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Make it a point to incorporate some exercise into your schedule most days of the week. Take advantage of the nice weather and daylight savings time to get in a nice walk or bike ride after work. Try to get at least 30-45 minutes of exercise 4-5 days a week.
Embrace spring and enjoy some of the best produce and weather the Gulf Coast has to offer! What better way to celebrate National Nutrition Month!

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