Springtime can be a great time to switch up your diet. A lot of us gravitate toward comfort food in the colder months, but our tastes often transition with the weather. There’s just something about the season that gets us in the mood for lighter, healthier fare. Here’s a quick round-up of recipes that take a variety of in-season produce and dietary restrictions into account.
Fish out the grill
For many, longer days and warmer weather mean it’s time to roll out the grill. Fish can be a lean, nutritious alternative to burgers and brats. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in saturated fats, Salmon boasts some benefits to heart health.1 Toss it on the grill with some asparagus, then serve it over greens for an in-season salad such as this Grilled Salmon-and-Asparagus Salad from Coastal Living. In addition to being fast, simple and tasty, this meal is gluten-, soy-, nut- and dairy-free—a plus for those with allergies and intolerances.
Brunch without the eggs
Quiche tends to be a popular dish for Easter and other springtime gatherings. Depending on the recipe, however, it can be an unhealthy and caloric option thanks to heavy cream, cheese and other ingredients high in fat, sodium and cholesterol. And it’s definitely off limits to those who don’t consume animal products. To please a brunch-time crowd, think outside the shell with Oh She Glows’ Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom, and Spinach Tofu Quiche recipe. This vegan, gluten-free twist on a classic recipe will surely satisfy.
Snap together a stir fry
Forget the takeout. This Spring Stir Fried Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Carrots from skinnytaste.com includes in-season favorites and can be prepared in minutes. The recipe is low-calorie, gluten-free and low-carb, plus it includes directions for adapting it to a Paleo diet.
Make a noodle-less pasta
Spiralizers have been on-trend for awhile now, but they’re still going strong. That’s because swapping out spaghetti for zoodles (i.e., zucchini noodles) can be a great way to get more veggies in your diet or enjoy pasta when you’re going gluten- or grain-free. This Roasted Garlic Chicken and Veggie Primavera from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen not only looks mouthwateringly delicious, it is also gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo-friendly.
Don’t forget dessert
Few desserts capture the season like lemon squares. They’re sunny-looking and sweet, but they also tend to fall into the guilty-pleasure category. For a version lower in calories and saturated fats, try EatingWell’s Lemon Squares recipe. They’re great for a gathering or a special treat at home.
1American Heart Association. “Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.” May 14, 2014. https://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp