Ask A Nutritionist: How Should I Adapt My Diet for Spring?

Categories: Blog, Health Check
Joanne M. Gallivan, M.S., R.D.N. is a registered Dietitian Nutritionist and volunteer at Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic. Prior to joining the Clinic, she served as the Director of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).

It’s Springtime!

With spring finally arriving, it’s time to take stock of your current eating habits and lighten up for the warmer weather. So how do you choose food for this glorious time of year?First, select local spring vegetables that are now ready to enjoy. Leafy greens, such as romaine, Swiss chard, spinach, kale and collards have lots of vitamins and minerals. Use them in salads or cook them with some olive oil.  Try asparagus, it’s much cheaper now than in winter.

Second, buy local foods from farmers markets and use them as soon as you can. They have lots more nutrients since they haven’t been transported from another state or country. And try a new vegetable or two that you are not familiar with. It’s a great way to support your local farmers and is more tasty and nutritious

 

Joanne M. Gallivan, M.S., R.D.N. is a registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She served as the Director of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) in the Office of Communication and Public Liaison for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1997-2016.  Previously, Ms. Gallivan has served as project manager for NIDDK’s Weight-Control Information Network (WIN), a national source of information on weight control, obesity, and weight-related nutritional disorders for health professionals and the public; as Contract Manager for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s National Cholesterol Education Program and Obesity Education Initiative, and as Director of the Prince George’s County Health Department Nutrition Division located in Maryland.
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