Slim down for spring with these tasty and healthy recipes

By: Health Local Staff Apr 17, 2013
healthy spring recipes

Looking for new recipe ideas that can help eliminate the winter fluff you packed on during those colder months?

We have a few healthy recipes that are sure to slim you down and get you shorts and swimsuit ready.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Olives and Tomatoes

This classic and healthy combination makes life easy when on a budget of both time and money.  Be adventurous and incorporate vine-ripe tomatoes, artichokes and tasty olives.

The recipe calls for the following ingredients:

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • One package of whole grain or whole wheat pasta (angel hair, ziti, elbow or any type you prefer)
  • 1 small onion
  • A dash of olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 can of olives, kalamata preferred
  • Small container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • ¼ cup dry wine
  • Fresh basil
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese

Boil the noodles as indicated on the package and toss with a splash of olive oil to prevent the noodles from sticking together. In a large pan, fry up the chopped onion, salt and pepper, garlic and a small splash of olive oil. Cook for about 4 minutes and add the dry wine. The wine will evaporate in approximately two minutes. Stir in the artichokes, olives and tomatoes. After a couple of minutes add the pasta and sprinkle with the remaining ingredients. Top with cheese and serve.

Roasted Artichokes

For an easy recipe that can be jazzed up with cayenne or toasted with salt and pepper, take a look at this simple and healthy side dish.

Ingredients needed for this recipe include:

  • 2 large artichokes, one per person (this number can be changed)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil – 2-4 tablespoons
  • 2-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 whole lime
  • Cayenne pepper (optional)

Oven should be preheated to 425 degrees. Cut off the stem of the artichoke and expose the insides just a bit. Rub down the veggie with lime-juice and insert a clove of garlic in the centre of the artichoke. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, dash a sprinkle of cayenne pepper over the top of the flower and wrap the cornered edges with foil (similar to a cup). The artichokes can be placed on a baking sheet and placed into the oven for just over an hour. Let the artichoke rest for 10 to 20 minutes wrapped in foil before serving.

Pear and Avocado Smoothie Drink

Move over Shamrock shake, there is a new green drink available that will give your body the boost it needs to get back into shape. Rid toxins and improve immunity with this healthy smoothie recipe.

Ingredients used for this smoothie recipe include:

  • 1 firm avocado (organic preferred)
  • ½ cup of tofu
  • ½ cup of unsweetened pear juice or one whole pear
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract for added flavoring

Pear and avocado should be cut up into cubes and the pits or cores removed. Add the fruits to the blender, along with the other ingredients. Blend away and serve. Serving size is about 4 medium sized glasses of smoothie drink.

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