Healthy Spring Recipes

Do you know what time it is? It’s Spring time! FINALLY!

Finally some beautiful weather, no more gloomy, snowy days that make you just want to stay inside. Get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air. Take a walk. Sit outside on campus and do some homework, just get out there. No more hiding!

Another great thing about Spring is the beginning to fresh fruits and vegetables.

I felt like now is the time to bring in the fruit and vegetable recipes that you can make easily and on a budget. The good thing about fruits and vegetables being in season is that they are a lot cheaper. Try them out and see what you think.

Here are a few recipes for you to try out.

Fresh Fruit Salad With Honey Vanilla Yogurt

1 Cup Plain or Vanilla Yogurt (Greek Yogurt Preferably)
1 Tablespoon Honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange juice
1/2 banana sliced
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1 bunch green grapes cut in half

Directions: Combine the yogurt, honey and vanilla extract in a bowl and set aside. Combine the orange juice, and banana slices in a separate bowl. Add the berries and grapes and gently mix the fruit together. Top the fruit with yogurt!

Fresh Berries covered in Greek Yogurt (Frozen)

Use your choice of fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or all of them and combine together in a bowl.
1 cup Greek Vanilla Yogurt

Directions: Cut up fruit in halves and dip into greek yogurt. Place the fruit in a Ziploc Bag and Freeze. Once frozen get it out and enjoy! Very healthy Snack. You might have to let the fruit thaw out a little bit once it is frozen.

Spinach and Broccoli Pasta

1 8 oz bag of egg noodles
1 Cup frozen chopped spinach
1 Cup frozen chopped broccoli
Grated Cheese
Optional: Cut up chicken, shrimp, or other vegetables

Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. When it is half cooked add the spinach and broccoli to the pot. When pasta has reached the desired softness, drain into a colander. Place pasta vegetable mixture in a bowl and toss with the grated cheese of your choice. You could also add: pieces of leftover chicken, pre-cooked shrimp or additional vegetables.

Turkey Roll-Ups

2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 teaspoons honey
8 slices turkey breast
2 large red leaf lettuce leaves, spines removed, torn into 8 pieces
1/4 large English cucumber, seeded and cut into 3-inch long sticks
1/4 large red pepper, sliced
8 large basil leave

Directions: In a small bowl mix together the Dijon mustard and honey until well combined. Lay a slice of turkey on a plate or cutting board. Spread a 1/2 teaspoon of the honey-mustard mixture width-wise along the turkey about 2 inches from the end of the slice. Place a piece of lettuce on top, then a couple of sticks of cucumber and slices of red pepper. Top with a basil leaf and roll it all up in the turkey slice.

Those are just a few recipes for you to try. If you think you don’t have the time to make them, that’s okay. Check out your local farmer’s market and help them out by buying some of their fruit and vegetables they grew in their own garden or fields. You will find many different vendors at farmer’s markets that offer fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other items to buy such as baked goods that people have made as well.

Enjoy Spring! The semester is almost over!

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Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh

Cayla Gorsh is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism with a minor in English. She transferred to the University of Iowa from Scott Community College in Bettendorf Iowa. Outside of school she loves to exercise and stay fit. She is also a huge book nerd and loves to read. She also loves to cook and of course spend time with friends and family.
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