Friday, March 21, 2014

5 Tips to Spring Clean your Diet!

Yesterday was the first day of spring and even if it doesn't feel like spring in some places (Florida friends, you are very lucky my dears), now is the perfect time to revamp your diet to help eat cleaner, lighter, and get summer read. You know you want to feel your best when the layers start coming off!

1. Focus on single ingredient foods.

The simple but incredibly healthful foods like fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans/legumes, and nuts and seeds are your best bets. You don't have to eat them by themselves...that would just be boring. BUT, when meal planning, aim to get more colored veggies on your plate (squash, eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, kale, etc) and keep things like frozen brown rice on hand if you're running short on time. 

2. Plan your meals around a vegetable.

One of the main transitions into eating a more plant based diet is to focus on the vegetables as the main event, not a pitiful afterthought. Choose the star then decide what starch and protein you want to add. For example, kale and broccoli are getting into season so let's say you decide to make a stir-fry that includes these beauties then toss in some cooked tofu/tempeh on top of that frozen rice you had in the freezer and hello spring meal in the making!

3. Choose the whole grains.

Pasta and potatoes are easily one of my favorite winter comfort foods, but now it's time more than ever to transition into the whole grain counterparts to prevent you from feeling too sluggish. Try whole wheat pasta, quinoa, wild and brown rice, oats, and millet. Switch up a white potato for a baked sweet potato to stand alone or add the sweet potato into curries and soups for a spring face lift. 

4. Make way for spring-y snacks.

Many of us reach for packaged foods at snack time because of the convenience. Rethink your options. How convenient is making a smoothie, keeping it in a sealed container in the fridge until snack time? Fiber is your friend, especially with spring cleaning your diet, so find ways to make it fit. Plus, the fruit will give you an energy boost (almost as good as shot of espresso) and keep you hydrated.

5. Drink more water.

Speaking of hydration....drink up. With water, obviously. Make this your primary beverage of choice and if you're still shivering, drink the water room temperature or hot (yes, I do this). The body needs a constant supply as it helps regulate body temperature, act as a shock absorper (helpful when you start getting back  outside to workout!), and prevents constipation (super important with all that fiber you'll be eating ;) ).

If you need more help spring cleaning your diet or have any questions, you know where to find me: Happy Spring!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for amazing posting. One need to eat a fresh diet to slim down, gain energy, and add nutrients to meals. It's the right time to rid your fridge and pantry of the junk and replace it with healthy alternatives.