Foods to power up your spring

There’s a food movement afoot: Eating well to look, feel, and perform our very best is hot.

And as Jamie Oliver and Michelle Obama alike are showing us, this isn’t a matter of choking down foods because they’re good for you. It’s about filling your plate with delicious fare.

“Food, if it’s chosen well, can reshape our medical destinies for the better,” says Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. It can also improve our mood and focus. Here’s how to graze your way to a supercharged you.

Power up: Your stamina

Artichokes. If you’ve been huffing and puffing up the stairs lately, try these spiky-leafed vegetables. They’re loaded with magnesium, a mineral vital for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including one of the most important — generating energy, says Forrest Nielsen, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research nutritionist.”If you’re not getting enough magnesium, your muscles have to work harder to react and you tire more quickly.”

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15 BENEFITS OF SHOPPING AT A LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET

By Kimberly Snyder

Benefits of Shopping Farmers MarketsLocal farmer’s markets have sprung up everywhere, and many people are enjoying the benefits associated with being able to drive a few miles to pick up fresh produce and other products.

Are you shopping at your local farmer’s market? If not, here are my top 15 reasons why you should.

1. Farm fresh: Fruits and vegetables you find at the grocery store are often several days old before they even reach the produce aisle. Before produce hits supermarket shelves, it ships in refrigerated trucks, possibly from thousands of miles away. Farmer’s market produce, on the other hand, is nearly the antithesis of grocery store fruits and vegetables. In most cases, the owner of the stand picked it just that morning, so you know the food is as fresh as you can get it outside of growing it yourself.

2. Organic and non-GMO: Many farmers participating in local farmer’s markets use organic methods to grow their produce. Most label it as such, so you can be certain you are purchasing chemical free products. They also are more likely to use non-modified seeds. Organic farming is better for the soil, the environment, and your body.

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