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The 4 Best Foods to Kick-Start Your Nutrition Plan

With a number of delicious spring foods in the grocery store, which are best to be eating? Discover four delicious and highly nutritious options to get into your diet today.

With New Year's resolutions right around the corner, you may be thinking of lightening up your diet. If you’ve packed on a few more pounds than you’d care to admit over the holidays, a change of pace is definitely what’s needed.

Fortunately for you, there are a great number of delicious food options now available at your local grocery store.

Make use of these and your diet will be back on track in no time. Let’s look at the four best spring foods to kick-start your diet plan.

Arugula

A delicious leafy green, use this to whip up a delicious salad any day of the week. Arugula offers a distinctive taste and is rich in vitamins A, K, as well as folate. Like all leafy greens, it’ll also pack in a good dose of cholesterol-lowering fiber as well.

Pair it with some sweet sliced fruits to help offset the natural bitter taste the leafy green brings.

Asparagus

Now in season, you’ll definitely want to be making use of asparagus. This vegetable actually serves as a mild diuretic for the body, so could help to reduce water retention and provide some slimming benefits.

Additionally, it’s also quite low in calories, very low on the GI index (so perfect for stabilizing blood sugar!) and is a rich source of vitamin K, copper, and selenium.

Try boiling a few spears and serving it drizzled with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Strawberries

All in all, you can’t go wrong with any berry in your diet plan. They’re relatively low in calories, very high in antioxidants, and contain a lower overall level of sugar content compared to many fruits.

Strawberries are also very rich in vitamin C, so will help to keep your immune system strong and serve as a powerful antioxidant.

Try slicing them up and serving them over a bowl of Greek yogurt or adding them to your morning smoothie.

Spring Garlic

Finally, don’t overlook spring garlic. Many people don’t even know this food exists, but once you find it, you’ll never miss out on it again.

With a slightly milder and sweeter taste than the usual garlic you purchase, it’ll wake up any dish in a hurry.

It’s a rich source of the company allicin, which is well-known for it’s health promoting benefits. Spring garlic can help boost heart health, strengthen your immune system, and may also help induce a feeling of satiety in the body, preventing you from taking in too many calories at your meal.

Use spring garlic just the same as you would any other garlic and prepare to be amazed at what this food has to offer.

So there you have some of the best foods to try out. Remember to make a few wise swaps in your diet from your winter fare and you’ll not only be on track to losing weight, but also ensuring you get plenty of nutritional variety.

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