Does cleaning out your closet and dusting furniture sound miserable? Then, channel your spring cleaning energies to your diet instead! Here are our tips on how to spring clean your diet to feel healthier and happier.
Say Goodbye to Winter
Cold temperatures cause us to crave fatty, carb-heavy foods, while simultaneously making us less likely to be active and social. As comforting as sitting on the couch with pizza and Netflix sounds, take advantage of warmer weather to retire these bad winter habits.
If you’ve developed a habit of ordering delivery or eating take out multiple times a week, shake it off by replacing at least two of these meals with a homemade meal every week. Hungryroot meals definitely count!
If you find that you’re spending more time indoors, commit to spending at least two weeknights off the couch. Enjoy the warmer temperatures by going for a run after work, taking a long walk with a friend or joining a cycling club.
Eat the Rainbow
Is your current diet dominated by beige foods? Breads, pasta, rice, and other refined carbs? Then, it’s time to introduce some color into your diet!
Just as you might get excited to ditch the black and start wearing colorful items of clothing as spring approaches, it’s time to ditch those beige foods and incorporate those reds, greens and purples into your diet.
Eating the rainbow isn’t just beautiful, it’s also incredibly nutritious. For instance, orange vegetables and fruits are loaded with beta-carotene, which protects your immune system and lowers your risk of developing heart disease and cancer, as well as Vitamin C. Choose from our various sweet potato and carrot products for a nutritious rainbow boost.
After a few months of creamy soups, casseroles and rich stews, your body is likely craving some raw foods.
While eating an entirely raw diet is not sustainable for most people, there are numerous benefits to incorporating more raw foods into your diet. Most of the foods you’ll be eating (i.e., raw vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and beans, fermented foods and if desired, raw eggs, meat and unpasteurized dairy) will be high in vitamins, minerals and fiber. You may also experience weight loss and increased energy levels.
We recommend starting out slowly and replacing one meal a day with a completely raw meal and see how you feel after a week. For breakfast, try a satiating smoothie made with kale, spinach, avocado, pineapple or banana, orange juice or homemade nut milk, fresh ginger, chia seeds, and raw pumpkin seeds. And for a lunch or dinner, pair gazpacho with a salad made with fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted legumes.
One way to get excited about eating more raw foods and more produce in general is to eat what’s in season. With the arrival of spring, your palate has so much to look forward to, from snappy asparagus and sweet strawberries to tender peas and juicy pineapples, just to name a few.
Plus, eating what’s in season means you’ll be getting more nutrients, since these plants were picked when fully ripe, i.e., when they have the most amount of antioxidants.
Eating seasonally also allows you to get creative in the kitchen, whether you’re scouring cookbooks for how to prepare artichokes or browsing Pinterest for the best rhubarb pie recipe.
Rethink your Portions
If you’re trying to ditch some unwanted winter weight gain or have fallen into the habit of mindlessly munching, you may need to revisit your portion sizes.
We know how easy it is to back for seconds or thirds, and that’s why all of our meals are perfectly portion controlled. They’re all packed with fiber, healthy fats and vitamins, yet everything is under 500 calories.
Aside from eating Hungryroot meals, there are a few other tricks you can adopt. For instance, ditch your large dinner plates and start eating meals on salad plates. Load a smaller plate up, and your brain will think you’re eating a large meal.
Water, not booze, that is. It can be difficult to gulp down enough H20 during the winter months, so take advantage of warmer weather to up your water intake. Dehydration can leave you feeling sluggish and cranky, take a toll on your hair and skin, and slow your metabolism. Avoid these issues by drinking 1/2 to 1 ounce of fluid per pound of bodyweight each day, along with additional fluids if you exercise.
Bored with plain old water? Swap coffee and sodas with seltzer water, coconut water, herbal tea, and unsweetened iced tea. And once spring berries come into season, pop a few into your water along with fresh mint leaves for a refreshing treat.
Clean out your pantry
And your fridge. Collect all the processed, packaged, canned and jarred foods from your pantry and fridge. Read the ingredient lists and nutritional labels and toss anything with a long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients or hidden sugars.
While we all know that sweets and candy are full of sugar, we may not be aware that sugar is hiding in other unsuspecting foods, like bread, salad dressing, soups and pasta sauce. The food industry is one step ahead of you, so you likely won’t see the word “sugar” on most convenience and packaged foods. Instead, look for the following words: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, sucrose, evaporated cane juice, maltodextrin, brown rice syrup, honey, agave nectar, and more.
Because we don’t love to waste food, donate any unopened items and make exceptions for specialty or gourmet items that you use only occasionally. And know that Hungryroot products are always made real foods you can find in nature.