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Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Brighter, longer days are here. As we welcome spring and close the winter cookbook of hearty stews and comforting dishes that warmed us on a chilly day, we welcome seasonal spring produce and dishes that celebrate the longer, warmer days ahead.

Just like we “spring clean” our closets and reset after a long winter, we can “reboot our diet” too. Fiber and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are exactly what we need to do just that.

Just add greens
Loaded with fiber and rich in micronutrients, including a variety of vitamins and minerals, greens deserve their superfood title. Greens can be enjoyed steamed, sautéed, braised, or raw. Add them to your morning eggs, mid-day smoothie and fill your plate with them in your evening salads, casseroles, soups and more. Go for beet, mustard and dandelion greens, along with spinach, kale and arugula lettuces to add a nutritious boost to your day.

Flavor water
A long winter of chilly air and drying indoor heat no doubt increases the need for hydration. Usher in spring with infused drinks that inspire you to remain hydrated. Brew herbal tea (brew and chill overnight) or infuse water with fruit and herbs that suit your taste. A properly hydrated body not only feels better but is essential for staying healthy as you prepare for warmer days outside.

Smoothies
If winter is about hearty dishes that fill your belly with warmth and comfort, then spring is about lightening up with options that pack in the nutrition, while giving you the energy boost you need to tackle your garden and take on other outdoor tasks. Try recipes that combine superfoods like dark greens, colorful fruit (fresh or frozen) along with nut or seed butter, non-fat plain Greek yogurt or low sugar whey protein.

Antioxidant-rich salads
Winter salads are often made with root vegetables and other seasonal options. Bring on spring with salads that celebrate the season of colorful berries, tender greens, early season asparagus and other colorful delights that get you in the mood for the bright, warm days ahead.

Looking to lighten up dessert too? These Coconut Water Berry Popsicles are the perfect, hydrating treat on a warm afternoon. Packed with fruit and topped with refreshing coconut water, these gorgeous, icy little gems are sophisticated enough for adults, delicious enough for kids, and may become a new staple in your freezer.

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