I recently did a segment on the show Hamilton Life talking about Energizing Foods for Spring. I wanted to highlight how important it is for your energy to eat according to the seasons as best you can. Here is a recap of what I discussed...
Spring brings with it a new energy! Growth, transformation and activity. We are ready to get outside, get active and shed possible excess weight or sluggishness from the winter.
Eating foods that are in balance with the season will bring you the energy and nutrition you need. Here are few foods to add in to your diet for spring...
Leafy greens grow up out of the ground and therefore have great upward energy that transfers into your body. They are cleansing and strengthening for your blood. The fibre in greens helps your digestive system stay healthy and light this season. Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce or swiss chard are perfect in a beautiful salad or lightly sautéed with a hint of olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Try my Super Wellness Smoothie to easily get more greens into your day!
Fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro and mint also have that light upward energy along with flavours that stimulate a healthy liver. After eating heavier foods over the winter season our liver can become sluggish. Fresh herbs cleanse and energize the liver for increased energy and lightness. Add herbs to your salad, smoothie or top any main dish with a garnish of fresh herbs.
Matcha is basically ground up green tea leaves. When you drink matcha you are getting the nutritional value of the entire tea leaf instead of the steeped water you get when drinking green tea in a tea bag. It is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can consume and is perfect for spring to clear up inflammation and give you natural energy. It does contain some caffeine so be mindful of when you enjoy it. Read more about how to buy it and make it here What Is Matcha Tea and Why I Drink It Every Day. As an alternative to tea you can put 1/2 a teaspoon in your smoothie - try my Spring Energy Green Smoothie.
These are three easy ways to get some fresh energy this season! Experiment with different greens and herbs to find what you love and what works best with your body!
I would love to hear from you...what are your favourite foods for spring? Let me know in the comments below.