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Surprisingly Slimming Spring Foods

Winter’s hearty foods and frosty weather have left many of us with an extra layer of padding that it’s time to shed. The good news is that a lot of the spring foods can help you lose weight. Here’s a look at some of my favorite slimming spring foods:

Strawberries: Who knew “diet” foods could taste this delicious? But strawberries really are a superfood for weight loss. All those seeds studding the strawberry’s surface are packed with fiber — one of the most important factors for weight loss. Fiber helps to add bulk to food, filling you up without adding extra calories, and one cup of strawberries gives you three grams of fiber. If you’re wondering just how many pints to devour, women need 25 grams a day, and men need 38.

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Best Ways to Use Citrus Right Now

For most of the year, I like to eat fruits and vegetables that have been grown locally. But if I can say one thing about January, it’s that it’s a hard time of year to be a locavore in the northeast. Root vegetables and cabbage are pretty much the only things I can get that were grown in Vermont right now, which is why I love that it’s also citrus season. In Spain, California and Florida, citrus fruits are at their peak. The juicy yellow-, orange- and pink-fleshed lemons, oranges and grapefruit, respectively, are like a ray of sunshine in the middle of a dreary winter. While my favorite way to enjoy citrus has to be popping the easy-to-peel, ever-so-sweet clementines and satsumas like they’re candy, I also like to use citrus in recipes. Here are some of my favorites right now:

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Sifted: Mason Jar Recipes and Cheesecake Ice Pops

Berry Cheesecake Ice Pops by A Grain of Paradise

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. We love summer. But let’s face it, the sunny season has some drawbacks. It can be hot, sticky and full of sunburns and mosquitoes. A Grain of Paradise promises these berry cheesecake ice pops will make it all better whenever you get hit by the summer doldrums.
  2. The Mighty Girl is determined to try 1,000 different types of fruits in her lifetime. While we may not be quite as ambitious, we’re excited to try her top 10.
  3. Becky Bakes’ s’more pudding jars are fabulously simple. Pack them for the perfect picnic treat.
  4. More mason jar fun–  Plan your lunch week ahead of time. These vegan salads by Healthy. Happy. Life keep fresh for up to 5 days.
  5. While you might not need another chocolate chip cookie recipe, you do need these tips from the pastry chef expertise of Brave Tart to perfect your next batch.

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Sifted: Peach Peppadew Salsa, Boozeberries, Raspberry Pops

Peach and Peppadew Salsa -- Nicole, Pinch My Salt

Peach and Peppadew Salsa -- Nicole, PinchMySalt.com

Linkage we’re liking:

* Peaches + Peppadew = Perfect Summer Salsa [Pinch My Salt]
* Sexy, Spiked Gelatin Molds — Blueberries and Cream Edition [The Modern Gelatina]
* A Cool Take On Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles – [Orangette]

What’s your sinful spin on the best fruits of summer?

Pix Potluck: Fresh Fruit for Breakfast

Alex Lopez's golden raspberry harvest

Alex Lopez's golden raspberry harvest

Fruit is the ideal breakfast ingredient, especially during summer when you’re craving something light. Pair it up with a protein and you have a complete meal.

Alex Lopez shared this pic of golden raspberries growing wild in her garden, “great with honey, yogurt and almonds” — yum! My morning staple is almost identical, except I use fresh blueberries.

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Picking: Blueberries and Raspberries

blueberries and raspberries basket_picnik

You can pick your friends. You can pick your berries. But you can’t pick your friends’ berries.

Unless you have a friend named Patty who owns a huge u-pick berry farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Or a friend like her.

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Picking: Sour Cherries

Sour cherries, fresh from the tree

Sour cherries, fresh from the tree

I can’t get enough of sour cherries. Growing up in Ohio, I’d spend the first half of June up in the cherry tree, reaching for every last can’t-help-but-pucker gem. Even with my “one for the bucket, two for me” mentality, my family ended up with loads of cherries that would find their way into pies, jam, cobblers, muffins and more.

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Sifted: Apriums, Chickpea Chic, Mead

Honey-Rich Apriums  credit:  Felicia Friesema

Honey-Rich Apriums credit: Felicia Friesema

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Picking: Strawberries

In the strawberry farm at Johnson's Corner Farm

In the strawberry field at Johnson's Corner Farm

It’s strawberry season! Last weekend I discovered an early patch of local strawberries, visiting Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, NJ. But over the next few weeks, berry farms across the country will be opening for business, fresh fruit ripe and ready in the fields.

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Sifted: International Breakfast, Sweet Cherries, Stuffed French Toast

Breakfast in Russia - Oliver Schwarzwald

Breakfast in Russia - Oliver Schwarzwald

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