Now that Spring is in full swing, it’s time to do a little Spring cleaning – for your diet! It’s easy in the cold winter months to eat warm, heavy comfort food meals. But as the temperature rises, it’s time to switch things up!
ADD TO YOUR DIET – more greens! Swap out the heavy carbs for leafy lettuces and greens that are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and will make you feel a bit lighter. Try having mixed greens in salads, or cooking them down in your pasta dish.
REMOVE FROM DIET – refined carbs! White breads and sugars will not only contribute to weight gain, but can also negatively impact your gut health and cloud your mental focus. Try substituting for whole grains and natural sugars, such as coconut sugar, stevia or honey.
ADD TO YOUR DIET – fermented foods! Eating more yogurt, sauerkraut and kombucha teas will fill your body with the probiotics it needs to promote healthy gut bacterial growth, ultimately aiding in digestion and nutrient absorption.
REMOVE FROM YOUR DIET – heavy foods! While foods like squashes, or even processed foods, are satisfying during the cold months, it’s time to switch to in-season produce like strawberries, asparagus, peas, and radishes.
Need some help switching up your diet? Here are some delicious Spring-forward recipes to try at home:
On a slice of whole grain or organic sourdough toast, add ½ mashed avocado, 1 red radish thinly sliced, 1 soft boiled egg, 3 red grape tomatoes sliced and top with finely chopped chives, salt and pepper.
In a bowl, mix chopped cooked red beets, goat cheese, pecans, arugula, spinach, and top with salt, pepper, balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil. Serve and enjoy!