Spring into health

As winter comes to a close, it's time to start looking for new ways to improve your health and be more active.

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the snow is melting! What better way to get rid of the winter blues than springing into health! Wintertime can have a toll on our bodies and mind. Now, with longer days and warmer weather we can get back into action. Here are a few simple tips to help brighten your days and re-energize your health!

Have a plan

Aim to set small and achievable goals for yourself. This could include setting a weekly goal to exercise three to four times a week. With spring just around the corner, you can start taking advantage of the warmer weather and plan a walk or bike ride to enjoy some fresh air. Too tired after work? Take a 15-20 minute break during your lunch to walk outside; you will be surprised at how productive you can be with some Vitamin D.

Think ahead

 Start planning weekly meals. Choose a day either on the weekend or during the week to help create a weekly meal plan. Stressed about lunch? You can also meal prep by preparing your weekly lunches or dinners and portioning them into Tupperware containers. This can help control your portions and you can avoid any unwanted temptations.

Try something new

Ever tried yoga or water aerobics? Today there is a variety of fitness classes available for all levels, so check your local YMCA or gym for new and fun things to try. Working out does not have to be dull and boring. Grab your pals and adventure out. You will not regret it.

Taste something new

As spring nears, more and more fruits and vegetables are in season. So indulge yourself in new nutritious recipes like this one.

Mandarin Orange & Spinach Salad with Quinoa

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mandarin oranges, drained
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp. quinoa, dry
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce salad blend
  • 1 ½ cups spinach leaves
  • 1 ½ cups garbanzo beans, low sodium, canned and drained
  • 3 tbsp. bell peppers, diced
  • 3 tbsp. red onion, diced
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp ginger root, minced
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

Cook quinoa according to package directions. Combine vinegar, soy sauce, and olive oil. Then, combine all ingredients and drizzle dressing over salad and serve.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories: 240g Protein: 7g
Total Fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 34g
Sodium: 210mg Cholesterol: 0mg
Calories from Fat: 34% Dietary Fiber: 6g
Calories from Sat Fat: 4%

Recipe Adapted from Fruits and Veggies More Matters

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