Snacks are just as important as your meals. Schedule them and be sure they include some protein. Check out lots of snack ideas on my Cravable Snacks and Sides Pinterest board.
Spring is finally here and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are filling the markets. This is the perfect time to “spring clean” your diet and try cooking at home more often. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value and the price is right when you choose produce during this peak season.
Tell me in the comments: What fruit or vegetable do you look forward to most in the Spring?
Here are a few tips to help you revamp your diet and “spring” into warmer weather:
- Check out this comprehensive list of in-season fruits and vegetables on About.com so you know what to look for in the markets.
- Plan your weekly menu on Sundays to take advantage of local market produce and sales at your grocery store. You’ll have time to research lower calorie recipes and then do an inventory of your kitchen. Finish by making a list of all the ingredients to shop for and remember- never go shopping hungry!
- Frozen produce is just as healthy as fresh and lasts much longer. Be sure to take advantage by stocking your freezer during sales.
- Fish, poultry, lean beef, and pork are your healthiest meat options. You can buy meats in bulk, package into single servings, and freeze for later use. Limit the amount of processed meats you purchase. Processed meats such as bacon, sausage and lunch meats usually have higher levels of sodium and nitrates.
- Desserts and drinks should be as low in calories as possible. Picking options that are low in sugar (10g or less), like a serving of fruit, or use low-calorie sweeteners to cut the sugar in recipes or drinks. They’re a safe and healthy way to decrease unneeded added-sugars.
- Look into getting a membership at your local wholesale store (Costco, Sam’s, BJ’s). You wouldn’t believe how much money you can save when buying in bulk.
- Include an element of protein in your meals and snacks. It’ll keep you from feeling like you’re “starving” and thus binge eating. It’s one of the secrets that body builders use to help burn fat and get more protein to build muscle.
- Pre-cook meals on your days off. You’ll love being able to whip out food and just heat it up the rest of the week. Saves time and cleaning!
Take these tips and see how much you can accomplish for your body this year. If you need recipe ideas, check out my Pinterest board full of Spring Recipe Ideas. Remember, it’s the only body you have and you’re worth the extra effort to keep it healthy!
What’s more traditional than a ham for Easter dinner? This recipe marries sweet citrus, mustard, and rosemary in a glaze that compliments the smoky roasted ham perfectly.
And don’t forget dessert! Besides a ham, nothing says Easter more than carrot cake.
Serves: 12, 3 1/2 oz servings
1 (5 pound) bone-in fully cooked ham, shank portion
2 tablespoons whole cloves
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup packed SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Using sharp knife, score top of ham in a diamond pattern, then stud with cloves. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all other ingredients. Remove ham from oven and brush a thick layer of glaze all over ham. Return to oven and bake 30 to 45 minutes more, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 135 degrees F, brushing two more times during baking with remaining glaze.
Cover ham with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving.
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Total Carbs: 7g
Make “ready-to-eat” meals when you come home from grocery shopping. Have cut veggies and fruits refrigerated in storage containers, ready for the next meal or when you need a snack on the go.