Spring is all about renewal and fresh beginnings. As Hammam34, we have recently renewed ourselves and are constantly looking for ways to keep it fresh and light! This season, we let the fruits and vegetables of the season inspire us to get ready for the good days ahead. Let’s spring clean our diet and reboot our system.
1) Explore the fruits and vegetables of the season. Seasonal food is fresher, tastier, and more nutritious than food consumed out of season. Even though we all like to eat strawberries year-round, the best time to eat them is when they can be purchased directly from a local grower shortly after harvest.
2) Put together inventive salads. Cobb salad, honey glazed halloumi salad, mango salad, crispy chickpea salad… A salad doesn’t always have to be lettuce and maybe some cucumber. Add oven-baked seasonal vegetables and a homemade dressing to liven up your dishes.
3) Fill your plate with veggies. Reserve at least half of your plate for vegetables when you create your dishes. Filling up on vegetables can help slow your carbohydrate digestion and possibly help with eating smaller portions. On the Mediterranean diet, meat is eaten as a side dish or used to add flavor.
4) Plant some fresh herbs in your garden or pots in your kitchen. It could be in your backyard or a small pot in your kitchen. Start with basil since it’s easy to grow and is used in many dishes. Think about what herbs you like to cook with, and plant them yourself. We recommend having basil, chives, rosemary, lemon balm, and parsley, sometimes cilantro plants.
5) Add nuts and seeds. Sprinkle them on salads and soups. They add nutrition and a little crunch. They make great snacks too. When you’re looking for a bit of pick-me-up in the afternoon, have a small handful of walnuts to give you a boost and curb your appetite.