Celebrating National Fruit and Vegetable Month
- by TEVA'S LIFT MS® TEAM
- June 21, 2016
This month, we’re joining others across the country to celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. While there is no specific diet proven to help those living with MS, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is important for anyone, especially those living with a chronic condition. Remember to always talk to your doctor before starting any new diet.
According to The National MS Society, it’s important for those living with MS to follow the recommendations from the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. The two organizations suggest maintaining a low-fat, high-fiber diet with an emphasis on plant-based foods.
Eating plenty of fiber, found in various foods, including colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains, can help with bowel issues, which are common with MS patients. Lean protein, fruits and vegetables can help those living with MS.
Below, we’ve included two delicious and healthy recipes that are perfect for your next summer gathering.
Zesty Watermelon and Cucumber Salad
- 1 Tbsp. lime zest, grated
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 3 Tbsp. lime juice
- salt (optional)
- 5 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
- 1/2 cup red onion, sliced thin
- 1 15oz sweet corn, drained
- 1/2 cup cucumbers, sliced and quartered
- 3 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- In large serving bowl, whisk together lime zest, lime juice, oil and salt (if using).
- Add fruit, vegetables and basil. Combine gently until all coated with lime dressing. Chill 30-60 minutes or until desired temperature.
- Just before serving, fold in feta cheese.
Lime Marinated Chicken with Avocado Salsa
For the chicken, you’ll need:
- 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless, chicken breasts
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Cooking spray
For the salsa, you’ll need:
- 1 cup plum tomato, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
- 2 tsp. lime juice
- 1 avocado, peeled and finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
- To prepare chicken, whisk together cilantro, lime juice and olive oil in a bowl; add chicken and toss to coat. Let stand 3 minutes.
- Spray a grill pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade and sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to heated pan and cook 6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink.
- For the salsa, combine tomato, onion, and lime juice in a medium bowl. Add avocado, salt and pepper; gently stir to combine. Top cooked chicken with salsa.
What is a healthy lifestyle change you’ve made since you or a loved one has been diagnosed with MS? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
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