With the emergence of more work to do and less time in which to do it, throughout the years we’ve adopted unhealthy eating habits. But now it’s 2015 and we’re taking back control! We’re more concerned with the quality of our food than we’ve been in previous years and we’re seeing a massive movement toward fresh, low-carb options. Since the two of these things are hard to balance on financial and time budgets, we thought we’d help you out! We’ve researched healthy food trends that combine your health needs and time constraints. We’ve given them our own spin and are bringing them to your table!
First things first, there are three little words to live by in your health-conscious journey:
Keep. It. FRESH!
We’ve compiled the following seasonal produce list for you:
Winter (December, January, February): clementines, dates, grapefruit, grapes, tangerines. Winter, particularly after the holiday sugar rush, is about snacking smart. Instead of grabbing that candy bar in the check out aisle, pick up a bag of clementines instead. Or, freeze some grapes to snack on throughout the day. This will fix your sweet tooth in a pinch and provide your body with the nutrients it needs.
Spring (March, April, May): Apricots, honeydew melon, limes, mango, oranges, pineapple, strawberries. While you can’t exactly snack on limes, try slicing them with cucumber and lemon. Add them to a tall, lidded cup of ice water and sip it throughout the day. This provides the taste you crave without the calories of juice or soda.
Summer (June, July, August): Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe cherries, nectarines, plums, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon. Basically, with summer fruit, if you dream it, you can achieve it! Cut a whole watermelon into fourths and eat each piece with a spoon! Dry some apricots and pack them in your swim bag! The possibilities are endless!
Fall (September, October, November): Apple, peaches, huckleberries, pears, pomegranate. Layer some apple slices over a walnut vinaigrette salad. Pick apart a pomegranate and drop the seeds into your favorite low-calorie apple juice for a mid-morning pick-me-up!
The next tip on this year’s list: Utilize your tools.
Spiralize! Spiralizing has gained popularity in recent years as more and more people have developed gluten intolerance. Spiralizing is fun, it’s interesting, and the best part: it’s HEALTHY! Spiralizers are good for making fruits and vegetables into pasta-like noodles and they cut the carb/calorie by close to 80%! You can also spiralize raw ingredients and add them to a variety of salads for an extra fresh taste!
Happy health food trend hunting, Color Vibers!