April 2016 Newsletter

Don’t be an April fool!

Hey y’all, Jen here!

I’m starting to feel those Spring feelings again! Even though Mother Nature is trying to throw a few more cold days into the mix, I feel flowers popping out of the ground just around the corner!

Spring is the time we throw off the duldrums of Winter and look to new beginnings! You have successfully made it through the blahs of Winter, so now let’s get energized for Spring! A new season, a new perspective! Some of us might have had a successful Winter, so let’s build on that! Others of us may have struggled, but now we all get to see the sun again!

I also wanted to remind my readers that Spring sometimes brings thoughts of running. A lot of us might think we need to run to lose weight. In fact, according to an article I read on The New York Times, science is pointing out that walkers had far less risk of high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol profiles, diabetes and heart disease than even runners did. Add to that the lower risk of injury, and maybe walking is the better option for many of us. Running, of course, does burn more calories, but that isn’t the only important factor when looking at our overall health!

If you are concerned about burning those calories, just take a longer walk and push yourself just a little bit to keep that heart rate up! And make sure you drink plenty of water to keep yourself properly hydrated!

We can get healthy! Let’s do it one step at a time!

Jen

In This Issue

• Don’t be an April fool!
• Fresh vs canned fruits & vegetables
• Spring Turkey Salad with Strawberries

Jen’s Gems

Start fresh this spring! Get new inspiration from a new season! Check out our new look at TheWonderDiva.com

Fresh vs canned fruits & vegetables

Interestingly, it seems both options can be very close in some respects. Canned fruits & vegetables are put through a heating process to make them last longer on the shelf. That process kills some vitamin and mineral content, but they won’t ever lose any more once they are canned.

Fresh fruits are much nicer to eat, from the fresher taste to the bursting vitamins. Unfortunately, our food delivery system can take a week or more to get the food to you. So the fruits and veggies at the store are losing vitamins and minerals too. It depends a lot on where they are sourced from.

The other nice thing about fresh is that there are no added sugars or preservatives to deal with.

An interesting trade off, but perhaps the best of the best is to find a local Farmers Market where you can get the products right out of the field, sometimes picked that same day!

Spring Turkey Salad with Strawberries

1 large boneless, skinless turkey breast, cubed
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
1 bunch fresh spinach, rinsed and dried
1 pint strawberries, sliced
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
1 (5 ounce) package pecans

Directions

  • Place the turkey breast meat into a skillet with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette over medium heat;
  • Cook and stir until the turkey is browned, no longer pink in the center, and the juice has nearly evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken to a bowl and let cool.
  • Place the spinach into a salad bowl;
  • Scatter the strawberries, goat cheese, and pecans over the spinach.
  • Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette over the salad and top with the turkey.
  • Serve slightly warm or chilled.

Serves 4-6

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