Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Spring Green Weight Loss Tip

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Although spring is not quite yet official, things are greening up and it is a great time to freshen up our plate with beautiful spring produce.

So you might be having Corned Beef and Cabbage tonight, but be on the lookout for greens in all sorts of shades this time of year.

When possible buy fresh organic produce that is locally grown. That is what is best for our bodies...and for the planet. It isn't always possible to eat locally grown foods, and depending on your climate that time may be a ways off still.

No matter where you are though there are probably some foods that are appearing on your grocer's shelves that you haven't seen in a while. Some of my favorites are asparagus...this is the time of year that it is young, tender and a real bargain for the meal budget...sugar snap peas and snow peas are all apt to be more plentiful this time of year.

One of the things I like best about buying locally grown produce is how fresh and crisp everything is...but especially how full of flavor. Foods that are trucked or flown in just can't be picked as ripe and still make it to the grocer and then our homes.

Enjoy the subtle flavors of spring...and taste the difference between vegetables that are picked when ripe and those that are picked early. Not only are spring vegetables delicious, they are nutritious, low in calories and high in fiber--and are perfect for eating raw. This makes them a great quick snack.

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