Spring clean your routine

http://ohsheglows.com/2012/04/30/spring-salad-with-strawberry-lemon-basil-dressing/

Spring Salad with Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing from Oh She Glows

As the evenings get longer, it’s time to dust off those walking shoes, tune-up that bike and get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. Take the dog out for an evening stroll, rake the winter debris off your lawn or prune your perennials.

Encourage your children to get outside with you to get the recommended amount of activity for their age group. Biking, running, rollerblading, walking and using your scooter are all great ways to get your body moving again.

In order to boost your energy level, you will also need to spring clean your menu:

  • Sort out your pantry cupboards and clean out your freezer to remove expired products and junk food from your house.Start the spring off with fresh ingredients for easy healthy meals.
  • When planning your menu, think about simple meals that can be made quickly to allow you some time for exercise. Think fresh, fast and fun! Improved weather conditions should (hopefully!) make it easier to find fresh produce at your local grocery store or farmers market.
  • Try new salads with spring ingredients, grilled fish, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Eat fresh fruit as snacks or enjoy a fruit smoothie on those warmer mornings.
  • Have containers of washed and chopped fruit and vegetables in the fridge ready for your children’s after school snack before they rush off to skip rope or play hop-scotch.
  • Craving fresh salad ingredients? Why not start your own salad garden? Jump-start your garden by setting seeds indoors on a windowsill or under a light early in the spring. You can transfer seedlings to your garden after the last frost. Try growing a variety of lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and herbs. You will save money and have fresh produce at your fingertips throughout the summer months.

With spring just around the corner – we hope this winter will end soon – it’s the time of year to get moving, get cooking and get your energy level back up to speed.

Many people think of spring as the time of the year to sort out and clean their house. Why not think the same way about your lifestyle?

Here’s one of my favourite salad recipes that help me get in the mood for spring:

Spring Green Salad with Strawberry Lemon Basil Dressing

Ingredients:

For the dressing (yield: 2/3 cup)

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup, to taste
  • fine grain sea salt & black pepper, to taste (I used 1/4 tsp each)

For the salad

  • slivered almonds, toasted
  • shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • mixed greens
  • strawberries, chopped
  • chiffonade fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Toast the almonds for about 7-8 minutes and then remove and add the coconut. Toast another 2-4 minutes, or until lightly golden, watching closely so the coconut doesn’t burn.
  2. In a food processor, add the strawberries, basil, lemon juice, and oil. Process until smooth. Add in the salt, pepper, and maple syrup to taste and process again.
  3. Assemble the salad as desired. Leftover dressing should keep for at least a few days in a sealed container.

(Recipe adapted from fellow blogger Oh She Glows)

Today’s blog post is courtesy of Victoria White, Program Development Coordinator: Western School District with Kids Eat Smart Foundation.

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