Thursday, May 16, 2013

Multivitamin Nutrition: Salads, Supplements, and Summer

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Summer is the perfect time to take a look at your diet and make some positive changes. Since summer foods are typically lighter and contain fresh fruits and vegetables, take some time this spring to evaluate and set goals for the changes you’d like to make. Eating healthy will affect every part of your life and your kids’ lives -- it’s a foundational element to living the best life you can live. Train your kids to enjoy healthy foods while they’re still young. Creating a great salad doesn’t have to be difficult, just like getting the vitamins your body needs doesn’t need to be difficult.

 Multivitamins
 The easiest way to consistently give your body the nutrition it needs is to invest in some good, high-quality multivitamins and take them on a daily basis. Seven Seas offers great supplements that can help you achieve your goals. You’ll still want to be sure that the foods you are eating provide the vitamins your body needs, but it’s difficult to get all the nutrition your body needs only through eating. Taking a multivitamin may help increase your energy, productivity, and overall health.

Spinach Salads 
Spinach salads are fantastic, because spinach has high iron content, and this leafy green vegetable tastes great with a variety of toppings. Keep your salad simple, so the ingredients have a chance to sing. Lay out a bed of a few cups of raw spinach leaves, and drop cubes of a lean, white meat on top of it, such as chicken or turkey. If you’re a vegetarian, consider a tofu option instead. Add something that will give a bit of a crunchy texture, such as sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts, or even wonton strips. If you’d like to give the salad a salty zing, add some bacon bits. A bit of crumbled cheese will finish it off, along with a light, vinaigrette dressing. Eat your salad with a whole wheat roll and a glass of your favorite white wine.

BBQ Salads
 If you’re looking for a heartier salad option that still offers the same nutritional elements, consider a BBQ chicken salad. You might even be able to get your husband to eat it. Black beans are a low-calorie, high-nutrient source of vitamins. Be sure to add some into your salad. Cold sweet corn gives the salad a sweet crunch. You can use any type of lettuce you’d like for this salad, but in order to ensure it has a high nutritional content, go for a lettuce that is dark green and not full of water. Add some sunflower seeds, a few tortilla strips, and either chicken or a cooked salmon filet to complete the salad. For dressing, choose an avocado vinaigrette and add a dab of barbeque sauce to finish it.

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