3 fresh flavors you’ll love this spring

If you are like me, you are mind boggled by how quickly this year is going! It seems like yesterday I was bundled up in sweatshirts and hoodies and now it is shorts and tank top weather.

Maybe I’m just fortunate I’m no longer in the cold spring weather Ohio typically shows. Atlanta has blessed us with a wonderful spring so far. Beside the normal working and training, I have gotten outside more to play some pick up soccer, explore some parks and enjoy nature. Additionally, I open up the windows and start baking and experimenting with some new recipes.

What am I cooking up lately? A lot of meals for Meals Beyond Athletes, but more importantly, I’ve made more time to experiment new healthy recipes and baked goods.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to lose track of your daily enjoyments when you are caught up in the daily whirlwind?

I know that if I am not intentional about every priority, every action I take, I can get swept up by other people and their needs over mine. It can be difficult but setting boundaries can be one of the most beneficial ways to overcome this. I even have to do this to read and write each day. BUT, I LOVE IT and it COMPLETES ME!

So, why wouldn’t you?

To make this spring even better as you allot time for you and your daily enjoyments, I have three flavors I’ve been LOVING this spring. Whether it is for specific recipes, daily health or personal indulgence, check out these three and let me know what you think.

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline

3 Fresh Flavors You’ll Love This Spring

1) Lemon

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Lemon

Citrus is a great add for freshness. It helps me store foods for longer (try a squirt of lemon juice to your remaining avocado and seal it in the fridge to get another day out of it), balance my pH when added to hot water and raw apple cider vinegar in the morning, and baked goods.

Can I just say, give me all the protein lemon bars?

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Lemon Bars

And try out new lemon poppyseed muffins?

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

What’s next? We shall see… and if David will allow me to make more goodies. 🙂

The lemon bars will be added to my upcoming dessert e-cookbook. Still perfecting the muffin recipe. Stay tuned for the e-cookbook release soon!


2) Acai

This fruit is non-native to the U.S. and I get really bummed every time I think about it. But acai can be sourced frozen and this superfruit packs a tasty punch to smoothies and bowls!

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Acai

Here are just a few benefits from eating acai. Do pay attention to the product label and ingredients… some brands add extra sugars (ie: cane sugar) for flavor.

  • High in antioxidants
  • Can boost energy
  • Supports heart health and skin health
  • Phytochemicals in the berries can promote anti-aging effects and improve mental functionality

Additional information from this source.

Not to mention, who doesn’t love purple foods? I’ve been making some smoothie bowls recently and changing up the mixture.

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Acai

This Sambazon brand is my favorite right now. Freezer packs I found at Costco are one serving and easy to use! Just melt a bit and throw in your blender. Here is a recipe I made a few weeks ago.

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Acai

Acai Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen packet of Sambazon acai berry
  • 1 banana, frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup egg whites – can substitute with protein powder and milk of choice
  • 1 tsp Sunfood organic moringa powder
  • 1 Tbsp NOW organic golden flax seed meal
  • 1 Tbsp raw natural honey
  • 1 handful kale or spinach
  • 1/2-1 cup ice

Process:

  • Slightly melt/unthaw the acai berry packet.
  • Open and break up into the bottom of blender. Add ice.
  • Place kale, egg whites, moringa powder, flax seed meal and honey on top.
  • Blend until all frozen parts smooth.
  • Pour into cup and enjoy!

3) Cucumber

I never knew how many benefits cucumbers bring to your health! Sure, I have seen on movies and television shows when ladies go to the salon and place cucumbers over their eyes during spa treatments. But there is actual SCIENCE behind this!

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Cucumber

Cucumbers are naturally cooling food and it’s not surprising why. They are mostly made up of water.

  • High polyphenol counts can heal the skin and provide anti-aging benefits when eaten or applied to the skin
  • Great for digestive improvements; help with digestion and constipation
  • Alkaline food that can balance your natural pH
  • High in nutrients but low in calories and cost

I have been eating cucumber slices every day for an afternoon or evening snack and it has done wonders on my hydration and stomach. Add a touch of sea salt, natural herbs like paprika or chili powder or even cinnamon and stevia for a delicious treat.

Some of you might also prefer a summer cucumber salad with Roma tomatoes, olive oil, red onions, lemon juice (do even better and use REAL lemon juice) sea salt and black pepper and optional feta cheese.

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Cucumber Salad

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline - Cucumber Salad

These three flavors can add some variety to your healthy kick. Let me know what you like in these ingredients and how you try them.