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While the spring season doesn’t technically kick off until March 21st, there is nothing wrong with celebrating the start of spring a few days early.

 

Research shows it is normal to pack on a few pounds throughout the winter months due to being cold and stuck indoors.  That is why now is the perfect time to start shedding that extra weight my friends!

 

We have found a few heart healthy spring recipes to help you and your family get ready for the beautiful spring season that is to come.

 

Spring Recipes

 

Heart Healthy Prize Winning Dish


Goodhousekeeping.com held a contest called Cook Your Heart out last August and out of 4,500 contestants, Jan Valdez from Chicago, IL took home the grand prize for top culinary chef recipe!  Her Tropical Citrus Shrimp Ceviche is the dish that wowed so many and she was nice enough to share her recipe on goodhousekeeping.com!

 

Tropical Citrus Shrimp Ceviche


Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced jicama
  • 1/2 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

 

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add shrimp and cook until shrimp turn opaque throughout, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and transfer shrimp to bowl of ice water; let stand until shrimp are cold. Drain shrimp well. Cut shrimp into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to large bowl. Add all the juices; orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and pineapple juice; stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.
  2. Stir in mango, jicama, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno; cover and refrigerate 1 hour. Stir in avocado, oil, salt, and pepper and let stand 15 minutes before serving. Makes 12 appetizer servings.

 

Nutritional Information (per serving)

 

Calories … 109
Total Fat … 4g.
Saturated Fat … 1g.
Cholesterol … 84 mg.
Sodium … 205 mg.
Total Carbohydrate … 9 g.
Dietary Fiber … 2 g.
Sugars … 5 g.
Protein … 10 g.
Calcium … 28 mg.

 

If you happen to try any of these recipes, we would love your comments on how they turned out!  Enjoy!


Sources:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food/healthy/heart-healthy-spring-recipes

http://www.military.com/military-fitness-center/2009-fitness-guide/avoid-adding-winter-weight.html

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food/healthy/winning-heart-healthy-recipes

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food/healthy/tropical-citrus-shrimp-ceviche

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