It’s April and spring has sprung! This time of year yields rains to wash away remnants of winter and nourish the earth in preparation for fresh blooms of the season. This is a great time of year to release our energy of the necessary stillness of winter and support the renewal of mind and body through a fresh change in our menus.
During the winter, the earth gives us more starchy foods and we long for the comfort of grain-based foods to stay warm and healthy during the ravages of a harsh, cold season. When spring arrives, we can signal our bodies toward the shift of season by adding cleansing vegetables, lean protein sources and clean carbohydrates to our meals. In this way, we help the liver release toxins and fats stored in winter and help clean the blood which allows us to move with more ease and vitality. Try these amazingly fresh recipes to celebrate the sunshine and spring air.
Green Pea and Parsley Hummus
This fun take on a dipping favorite encourages an increase in vegetable consumption! Green peas are packed full of protein with a whopping 8 grams per cup. Peas also contain fiber and vitamin K which supports the body in processing toxins. Fresh parsley in the recipe contains folic acid which can be an important part of a diet to lower blood pressure. Mix up, scoop it up and eat in good health!
DIY Ramen Soup to Go
I love preparing meals for on-the-go and this twist on jar-salad is a nice change for those sometimes cool spring days when you need a little warm-up. The antioxidant-rich carrot will help with those spring colds and supports both brain and heart function. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable and the compounds like sulforaphane, kaempferol and other antioxidants help the body work against chronic inflammation, keeping the body humming along. Pack it up and nourish yourself on the go.
Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus
One of the bountiful vegetables in spring is asparagus! Asparagus has a short season when it is really good, so be sure and try this delicious and easy recipe. Asparagus can be considered a natural diuretic, helping the body cleanse fluids and salt. It can also help the gut be healthy and process out toxins as it contains important pre-biotics. The sesame seeds add some protein and the garlic is great for immune strength. Stir it up and enjoy this seasonal delight.