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Healthy Recipes for Spring

By Mary Olivar, March 1, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mary Olivar

I’ve never been very interested in keeping house; scrubbing and cleaning are just not my strong suits.

My talents shine in the kitchen.

So, when it’s time for spring cleaning, I eschew the mop and bucket and instead chew on leafy vegetables and fiber-rich foods that leave me nourished and energized.

Fiber is only found in plant foods. Unprocessed whole plant foods contain all of their naturally occurring fiber.

The fiber content is often reduced once foods are refined and processed. That’s just one of the reasons our Health Starts Here™ recipes focus on highlighting whole plant foods.

These recipes are a wonderful way to support your health and keep you (ahem) going strong.

Beans Not only are beans packed with fiber they’re also incredibly versatile, and cheap, too.

Black Bean Hummus is so easy to prepare and makes a great snack or sandwich spread. Looking for a way to stretch a meal, and get a bigger bang for your bucks and for your time?

Try making a big batch of Quick and Easy Veggie Chili, then use any remaining chili to make these Baked Chili Potatoes and Veggie Chili Enchiladas later in the week. The addition of whole grains to beans amps up the fiber factor, such as in the Celebration Lentil Loaf, this Red Beans and Rice Soup, and the Southwest Veggie Burgers.

Want to try something new? The Sprouted Mung Beans Greek Salad requires no cooking and is a beautiful dish for spring.

              

Greens Make sure to get some of the gorgeous green hues of the season on your plate too. Spring is my favorite time for eating greens since they're often the most tender and mild tasting at this time of year.

Plus, adding more greens to any dish not only increases the fiber content, but also boosts the nutrient content with their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Beans and greens are a nutritionist’s dream. Pair them together in dishes like Spinach Salad with Aduki Beans, Collard Rolls and Mediterranean Crunch Salad. You can also keep your fiber-rich veggies crunchy and raw.

Try the Rainbow Kale Slaw, Cabbage Slaw with Gala Apples and Walnuts or make a Big Beautiful Salad with Lemon-Miso Dressing.

Some other gorgeous gems for your plate: Bok Choy with Carrots, Creamy Sesame Greens, Kale with Honeyed Macadamia Nuts and Broccoli Salad with Walnuts and Currants.

                   

Seeds The use of seeds shouldn’t be limited to the garden. They also bring a variety of nutrients to your dishes, including fiber, protein and healthy fats.

Chia Pudding is one of my favorite recipes to recommend for some adventurous, and nutritious, eating.

Hemp seeds are another more uncommon food to try, and they’re so easy to use. Try them in Baked Breakfast Quinoa and Fruit and Hemp Seed Muesli.

    

Looking for more fiber-rich recipes that highlight whole plant foods? Use our Advanced Recipe Search and choose the Special Diets box “High Fiber” while limiting your search to "Health Starts Here" dishes.

What are some of your favorite recipes to keep the spring in your step in spring?

 

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Hazel says ...
I'm not a big fan of cauliflower, but my friend sent me a recipe for, "Poor Mans Shrimp Cocktail". I am allergic to shrimp, so he sent me this as an alternative. It does not use shrimp, it's all veggies, a few lemons, and lots of spices. Delicious. Cauliflower is the star in this recipe.
03/08/2012 10:47:44 AM CST
Maggie says ...
The pictures looks great and delicious, which made me start starving ! Thanks for sharing the spring recipies. The materials you introduced here are incredibly versatile and cheap. It's easy to make and especially can be a beautiful dish :) My friend is coming over to my apartment this spring break, and I think these healthy recipes are good choice for us while having a good time with great healthy food ! Maggie Yin BSM-Finance
03/07/2012 2:36:17 PM CST