Spring has arrived and you know what that means – warmer and longer days are almost here! We all gain a few pounds around the holidays. How can one have self control when surrounded by yummy dishes and desserts constantly? After a long winter of heavy holiday eating, it’s time to get your diet in check. These tips are sure to make spring cleaning your diet a breeze:
Now’s the best time to buy strawberries because April to June is their peak season. They’re sweet, juicy and filled with nutrients your body will love. One cup of strawberries is about three and a half grams of fiber and fulfills 100 percent of your body’s daily vitamin C needs. If you’re looking for the freshest strawberries, buy the ones grown closest to your house. Buying strawberries somewhere like a farmer’s market ensures they’re freshly picked. There’s nothing wrong with shopping local! Add a few strawberries to your next salad for a yummy summer flavor.
Artichokes are best March through May when in season. A two ounce serving (that’s about the bottom of one artichoke) has three grams of fiber, only 25 calories and a great source of iron, potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamin C. Try making some tasty spinach and artichoke dip for your next dinner gathering, it’s super delicious and super low carb! If navigating the kitchen just isn’t your thing, come visit us at Julington Creek Fish Camp for some crispy artichoke hearts, cooked and seasoned to perfection.
Asparagus is low-fat, high-fiber and a great source of iron, vitamin B and vitamin C. Although the peak season is March through June, can be purchased for about the same price year round. Once they’re picked, they go bad quickly so be sure to store them in the refrigerator and don’t wait too long to cook them. Thanks to countless seasoning and cooking techniques that work perfectly for asparagus, they make the perfect side dish or appetizer regardless of what else is served. Try your asparagus roasted, grilled or lightly sautéed this season.
Can’t forget about the cousin of cabbage and kale. Collard greens are a yummy, low-carb side that goes with any meal. It’s a great source of vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium and zinc. Collard greens have also been found to have a beneficial effect in Alzheimer’s patients. Don’t think you like greens? Well, you obviously haven’t tried our specialty collard greens at Julington Creek Fish Camp. You can’t go wrong by pairing them with some blackened mahi or grilled salmon for a healthy low carb meal.
Incorporating these foods into your diet is a great first step toward achieving that rockin’ summer body. Whether you’re dieting or not, it never hurts to take your meals to the next level with foods high in nutritional value. At Julington Creek Fish Camp, we make eating healthy a breeze with our variety of low-carb starters, main entrees and side dishes. Make reservations today, we can’t wait to see you!