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Inspiration for Spring Meals
Healthy Aging | 04/10/20
With the turn of the season comes a bountiful harvest of fresh crops – and with these spring foods comes time to find new recipes! Incorporating seasonal foods in your meals is the best way to enjoy the freshest versions of a variety of produce. Plus, seasonal foods are packed with vitamins and nutrients. Keep reading for a few spring recipes for you to try for yourself.
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken: Seasonal spring foods are the star of this salad. Perfect for either lunch or dinner, this is a light and healthy meal that fills you up and tastes great. Strawberries, avocado and spinach are in season during the spring. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, making them a great immune booster, avocados are fill of good fats and spinach is high in vitamin K, which is important for maintaining bone health.
Shrimp and Couscous with Peas and Mint: This 20-minute meal is easy to pull together for busy weeknights. Plus, the seasonal peas and mint make it perfect for spring. Peas offer anti-inflammatory properties and contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Mint gives the dish great taste and is full of healing properties.
Spring Vegetable Soup: What better way to get a taste of the freshest seasonal produce than by adding it all to a soup? As you can tell from the name, this veggie soup offers the best in spring foods. This light, delicious soup highlights spring vegetables with a wide array of healthy properties, including carrots which help to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails. For those who would prefer to keep the soup vegetarian, substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock.
Ham and Artichoke Panini: Taste the Mediterranean with this easy-to-assemble panini perfect for lunch or a light dinner. The recipe called for jarred artichoke, but with artichokes being in-season during the spring, try to marinate and jar fresh artichokes for yourself. This way you’re able to highlight the flavor you want while enjoying the freshness of this seasonal produce. Artichokes are rich in folic acid, vitamin C and minerals.
Quick Pickled Beets: While this recipe is best for a condiment or as a side dish to your dinner, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to highlight a seasonal favorite. Beets are great for both blood and circulation since they lower blood pressure, boost your stamina and support detoxification.
At Winchester Gardens, dining is more than a meal – it’s an experience. And delicious dining is always on the menu. With a variety of choices and rotating menus, our culinary team ensures each meal is comprised of healthful ingredients and infused with flavor.
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