Six tasty steps to spring clean your diet
The season is a fine opportunity to spruce up your plate as well as your home
Think about your diet and ask yourself a couple of questions. Am I consuming too much sugar? Are my meals mainly processed? Do I have enough green in my diet?
Spring is the perfect time to revitalize your diet, feel healthy and gain the energy you need to enjoy our amazing summer months.
Let’s spring clean with dietician Lydia Knorr and her take on resetting for the season.
Skip packaged meals and cook basic, simple meals using fresh ingredients. Basic whole foods offer more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients for relatively fewer calories. It might take a little planning ahead, but by making your own meals, you save money as well as the extra calories, fat, sodium and sugar that often accompany processed meals.
Don't forget about your drinks. Skip sweetened beverages. Keep milk, sparkling water and pitchers of plain water front and centre in your fridge. Add lemon, lime, orange slices, or mint leaves to water for a refreshing drink.
THINK LIGHT, THINK GREEN
Dubbed the "food of kings" by Louis XIV of France, asparagus have a royal nutritional profile. Low in fat and high in fiber, these tender stalks are a good source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamin C. Asparagus are at their peak from March through June, but can be purchased year-round. Delicious roasted, grilled, or lightly sautéed in olive oil and garlic, you can even puree them into a soup. Puréed asparagus soup is a sublime yet simple spring soup. Sauté asparagus with a little garlic and shallot, add some low sodium broth, and simmer until tender. Purée and season to your taste.
COLOUR UP YOUR PLATE
Fill half your plate with veggies, one quarter with grain and the final quarter with lean meats, fish, poultry or meat alternatives like legumes.
HEALTHY, HEARTY SNACKS
Plan for healthy snack foods and make sure they're front and centre in your fridge and cupboards. Stock up on fresh snacks, such as hard-boiled eggs, cut veggies and fruit, bean dips and plain yogurt. Keep the cupboards packed with healthier snacks like raw nuts, seeds and plain, ready-to-pop popcorn. A combo of chia seeds, shelled hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds -- packed with protein, fiber and essential fatty acids -- help keep you satiated.
Topical tonics can work wonders on your face and hair, but locking in bright skin and glossy tresses starts with your diet. A nutrient-dense diet can improve, protect, repair and stimulate your overall beauty by moisturizing the body from the inside out. Eat inflammation-fighting ingredients rich in omega-3s such as salmon, walnuts, chia seeds and avocados -- they are packed with good fats that protect and naturally moisturize skin and hair. Along with vitamins A, B, C, K and iron, they also boost collagen, which adds strength and radiance. Raw nuts like almonds and walnuts are excellent plant-based sources of protein, an essential building block for hair.