Spring is FINALLY here! It’s time to crawl out of our caves and get a breath of fresh air. We always talk about spring cleaning our closets, cars, agendas, etc… But what about spring cleaning your body? I always hear people say they want a beach-ready body for the summer, but did you know that THIS is the perfect time to start working on hitting those goals?! It’s important to ensure that your health is in check before starting any weight loss journey or just for your overall well-being in general. It’s time to spring clean your body naturally!
Tips & Tricks from Nutrition Expert Jessica Mitton
I’ve gathered a few tips, tricks, and even a delicious health boosting recipe from Nutrition Expert Jessica Mitton. Jessica Mitton is a Canadian School of Natural Nutrition grad, a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™, and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is fascinated by the positive effects of natural, whole food and how it can be used to help individuals improve their overall health and quality of life. Jessica has been featured in the Academy of Culinary Nutrition’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 From Scratch cookbooks and has also been featured in Optimyz, Old Crow, and Co-op Dish magazines. Jessica is the author of Some Good cookbook, which will be available June 2018 through Breakwater Books.
Spring clean with these food items:
Avocados are a great source of the good monounsaturated fat. They are also fibre-rich and offer anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, making them a great food to include in the diet to keep inflammation down and promote healthy digestion.
Kale is full of fibre, which is very beneficial for the digestive tract, keeping things moving along and removing wastes from the body. This amazing chlorophyll-rich leafy green also supports the liver and improves the detoxification process.
Parsley is a lovely spring sprig, full of those anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Foods with these properties benefit the body immensely, helping reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Parsley is chlorophyll-rich too, helping keep toxins at bay.
Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fats, which combat inflammation in the body. These tasty treats are also a good source of fibre, again keeping that digestive tract sparkly.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help you to keep it clean inside, by creating a healthy environment in your intestinal tract. It will fight off any overgrowth of candida – which can lead to digestive upset and other health issues – thanks to its antifungal properties. This one is a must during a spring clean! I add apple cider vinegar to all my salads and I even drink 2 tablespoons before bed each night 🙂
When life gives you lemons, make health! The zingy citrus fruits will cleanse your liver and promote healthy digestion. They are also high in vitamin C – a very important antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress in the body.
Extra-virgin Olive Oil
EVOO is another amazing anti-inflammatory food and will help reduce inflammation in the body. It’s best to enjoy this oil unheated or on a low to medium heat. Why not drizzle it on a spring salad?
Spring Cleaning Salad
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 15 minutes
½ head of kale, stems remove
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
½ avocado, sliced
¼ small red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup carrot, shredded
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 pinch sea salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon organic Dijon mustard
- Tear kale leaves into smaller pieces and add to medium-sized bowl. Drizzle with oil, lemon juice and sprinkle with salt. Massage kale for about 3 minutes or until it starts to soften.
- Add onion, avocado, walnuts, and carrot, and toss.
- Place all dressing ingredient in a glass jar. Close jar and shake until fully combined.
- Serve salad with the desired amount of the Creamy Garlic Dressing.
Thank you Jessica for these amazing tips! Be sure to check out the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to learn more! Good luck with your spring clean!