We love how crisp, sweet and fresh-tasting spring and summer produce is, it makes healthy eating even more enticing! We look forward to the start of spring and knowing that you've got a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables ahead.
This year, consider eating the freshest produce possible, by eating seasonally and locally. The benefits are numerous, it supports local farmers and reduces your carbon footprint by limiting miles traveled to your plate.
Some of the in-season produce for April includes carrots, rhubarb, spring cabbage, limes, lychee, and potatoes. In May, it's honeydew melon, asparagus, snow peas, spinach, and mango.
You can eat seasonally and locally in a number of ways. Try container gardening if you're in an urban area. You can build a small garden in your suburban backyard, and grow family favorites. Visit your local farmers' market, where you'll not only find fresh produce but also farm-fresh eggs and local meats. Need another incentive? Gardening burns calories and is a great way to get your kids involved!
Bookmark our slideshow and check-in each month so you'll know what's fresh and in season, and then check your farmers' market for the local varieties.
You could have plain, steamed carrots for a dinner side dish, or these boldly flavored carrots from Jillian Michaels' book Making the Cut. Your taste buds are hoping you choose the carrots made with sour cream, curry powder, fresh lemon juice, and honey for only 92 calories.
You can't beat the way a homemade salsa tastes, especially when you make it using garden-fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and even herbs like cilantro and parsley. A squeeze of fresh lime is the perfect way to meld these flavors together, and a crisp baked tortilla chip, the perfect way to dip.
April Giveaway: 2-Year Subscription to Prevention Magazine
For the May issue of Prevention, the #1 healthy lifestyle brand in the U.S., they unveiled a completely made-over magazine. The issue features Sheryl Crow on the cover, a new logo, and a new editorial team behind a lot of exciting new features.
To celebrate these changes, you can enter to win a 2-year subscription for Prevention magazine. Just click here to tell us the healthiest thing you do for yourself. One winner will be drawn April 29th.
The content of this e-newsletter is for informational purposes only and is not to be perceived as providing medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should seek the professional advice of your medical doctor prior to beginning a new diet or weight loss program.