Spring officially starts tomorrow, and we’re so excited about the potential to shed a few layers after the longest winter ever, that this year we’re going all out. We’ve already revamped our spring wardrobe and now’s the time to do the same to our diets.
With the warm weather comes spring farmers markets and fresh produce (and what’s better than walking through the SOWA to pick up some fresh fruits and veggies) which make it a little easier to eat healthy. But until then, here are 5 diet swaps to help you feel fresh in the new season.
1. Swap out your breakfast
If your go-to breakfast is a bagel and coffee from Starbucks, this is the perfect time to break that routine. Swap out a carb-heavy bagel for a piece of whole wheat toast with almond butter or a cup of greek yogurt with fresh berries. Not only does it have a lot less fat, but it will also keep you feeling fuller for longer. Don’t worry, you can still save room for your morning latte –because who can really function in the a.m. without a little caffeine.
2. Swap out one meal a day with a raw meal
Instead of grabbing a heavy soup or sandwich for lunch, swap it for a raw kale salad with fresh veggies. To make it really count, try a scoop of hummus instead of salad dressing. You’ll still get the heart-healthy fat without all of the extra calories.
Healthy Tip: If you’re looking for some extra protein throw in some raw sugar snap peas or green beans. They contain 5.2 grams and 1.8 grams per cup, respectively.
3. Swap out your grains
Everyone’s always talking about choosing whole wheat instead of white, refined grains, and it really does make a difference. Try a whole grain like quinoa for dinner instead of pasta. Quinoa is a superfood, and is high in protein, so your meal will be more balanced and won’t feel as heavy as a pasta dinner.
4. Swap out your snacks
Snacking is a sneaky culprit in gaining weight – who can resist the candy jar at work, I know I can’t! But, just a few pieces of chocolate a day can add up (Four Hershey Kisses = 100 calories). Try to swap out candy, crackers and chips for carrots and hummus or a handful of grapes with some almonds. These healthy options won’t cause a spike in blood sugar, and will keep you fuller for longer.
5. Swap out your soda
Instead of your afternoon Coke or Sprite fix, try a seltzer or cup of tea instead. Soda can add on hundreds of unneeded calories per day, while plain seltzer and black tea are naturally calorie- and sugar-free.