Spring is officially here! My favorite thing to do the first weekend in April is blast some music & get cleaning! I love de-cluttering the house and starting fresh. I love it so much that I actually Spring clean twice a year. Once in April and once in October. Getting rid of the junk in our house just helps me think clearer. This April don’t forget to Spring clean your diet as well!
There’s no better time to get rid of the junk you’ve stocked up on during the Winter than now. Just think, if you get your diet under control now, you’re in for a great Summer of lookin’ great and feeling confident in that swimsuit 😉
When you spring clean your diet you need to look for a couple of things: First, what’s in the house and, second, what’s not.
Honestly, even if my cupboards have nothing terrible to sabotage my diet plans, if they aren’t stocked with good-for-you foods I’m more likely to stop by some fast food when I’m hungry than hit up the grocery store.
Now, I might do the grocery store trip after I pick up some fast food, but definitely not before 😉 On a side note, have you ever gone to the store when you’re hungry? Not the best idea. I once went when I was absolutely parched and ended up coming home with some Gatorade, lemonade, orange juice, water, and a 2-liter of Dr. Pepper!
Anyway, definitely make sure that your pantry, fridge, & freezer are all well-stocked not just with ingredients for healthy meals but for quick snack options too for when you’re just too hungry & too impatient to even function.
Fave tips to spring clean your diet:
- Start with anything old that’s either expired, or you haven’t touched. We have some canned tuna in our pantry that’s literally been there, untouched, for TWO years! If you’re not comfortable tossing it, donate it or give it to a friend who you know will eat it.
- Get rid of pre-packaged, heavily processed snacks. (think cheez-its and goldfish)Check out the ingredients list for help.
- Cut out sugary treats. If the first or second ingredient is sugar or some type of syrup, toss it.
- Toss heavy sauces, dips, and high calorie spreads.
- No more fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt, swap for plain yogurt and add your own fruit to avoid unnecessary sugar.
- Get rid of sugary cereals & breakfast items (no more pop tarts or toaster strudel)
- Be wary of “wheat flour,” it is refined. Look for “whole wheat” on the ingredients list instead.
- Avoid drinking your calories. Quit all sodas and flavored, high sugar beverages. Opt for water over juice.
- Check your freezer for pre-made quick, high fat, low nutritional value meals. That means no hot pockets, etc.
- Snack smart.
Smart Snacks and fridge items:
- Any and all fresh fruits. Spring is a great time to stock up on apricots, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries & grapefruit.
- All veggies. Some in-season Spring veggies include: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, & zucchini.
- Stock your freezer with lean proteins like chicken, turkey, fish, & shrimp!
- Swap your old condiments for salsa, vinaigrette dressings, mustard, hot sauce, and low sugar barbecue sauce & ketchup.
- Raw nuts in small portions are great snacks to have on hand, we also love plain popcorn with a little hot sauce on it (we’ve had our Presto PopLite Hot Air Popper for 10 years now!)
- Lean beef jerky.
- All-Natural Fruit Leather for the kids.
- La Croix Sparkling Water is a great soda alternative to have on hand.
- Halo Top ice cream. If you must have ice cream in your freezer, try this brand or Arctic Zero.
- Hard boiled eggs. We love having these prepped & ready in the fridge. They’re a great source of protein to tide me over when I’m too hungry to wait for my food to cook. My 2 year old even loves them! He will eat like 3 a day!
- Breakfast Burritos. We keep these in our freezer. Scott eats at least one (sometimes two!) every morning! So healthy and easy since we (I) prep them in advance.
Those are some of our favorite tips to help spring clean your diet and some of our healthy fridge & pantry staples! Our biggest key to success is meal prepping. We meal prep all the time. Typically when I make dinner, I will make extra of either the main course or one of the side dishes so we have it ready later in the week when we are short on time & hungry.
Comment some of your favorite healthy food options below =)