Spring into the Season!

By Ashley Danielson, RDN, LD

SPRING! It is the time for warmer weather, with a combination of some rainy and cold days. But, we know that the sun will be shining more and we can look forward to pool and patio days. I also love Spring because it means the farmers markets start, we start to plant in our garden, and some of the items we eat change because of the season.

Tune in for some of my favorite foods below to add onto your plate.

Asparagus – to me, this vegetable screams the Spring season! You can ensure you are getting some fiber added into your diet with the bright green color asparagus provides. There are lots of options to add asparagus into; quiches, soup, or even bacon wrapped asparagus.

Strawberries – one of our family favorites! These berries really can go into anything, including smoothies, yogurt parfaits, fruit salsa, or simply just eating them by themselves! Strawberries add fiber, yes, but also Vitamin C, and even folate. All can be helpful when those allergies pop up.

Radishes – Don’t stop reading just yet! Radishes have really grown on me; they are great roasted with other veggies, which can help soften them up and bring in a sweeter flavor. Radishes are a cruciferous vegetable and have that Vitamin C to help boost your immune system even more! If you still feel like you need some time to warm up to them, try Rozanne Gold’s Bucatini with French Breakfast Radishes, Bacon & Greens or the Roasted Radish and Herbed Ricotta Omelet. Radishes aren’t the real main piece of these dishes, but they give a nice touch.

Salmon – fire up the grill! Spring evenings (and all throughout the year, in my opinion) are just a great time to grill salmon, or any other protein. Salmon is a fatty fish but provides omega-3 fatty acids to support heart health, fight inflammation and protect the immune system. I’m already planning to put this Garlic Butter Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Asparagus in our meal plan rotation – everything can go onto the grill or onto a single sheet pan.

Arugula – I love a good salad, especially in nice weather. Try adding arugula to your salad! It is an easy way to add different greens that provide different benefits and flavor. Arugula is a little peppery, and really could go along with any protein and toppings for a nice change. Arugula also provides antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Folate. I love the sound of this Arugula Pear Salad. It sounds like the perfect spring salad!

Here’s a challenge – try one of these foods and add it into your weekly rotation. Try something new or a recipe you usually wouldn’t. That is all part of Spring; as new life blooms, so do we. 

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About Kirk: 

Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life. 

Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.  

Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters. 

About Christen: 

Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.  

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    • Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).

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