Spring is the season we’re encouraged to spruce up pretty much every aspect of our lives, from tidying our homes to revamping our wardrobes. But it doesn’t stop there because it’s also a good time to start fresh with your eating habits. Where to start? Registered dietitian Huma Chaudhry shares five tweaks to your diet that will help you feel your best.
- Update your grocery list with spring produce - Shopping for what’s in season can up the nutritional value of your meals. “Seasonal produce can be rich in nutrients and flavor since they are harvested during their peak time,” Chaudhry explains. Look for fruits and veggies like apricots, strawberries, asparagus and arugula.
- Add some herbs - The fastest way to boost the flavor profile of your meals is with fresh herbs. They’re loaded with antioxidants and a little goes a long way with flavor.
- Up your hydration game - Staying hydrated is always essential, especially when the weather starts heating up. If you struggle to drink enough water, throw in some cucumbers, herbs or citrus to make it more enjoyable.
- Try plant proteins - You don’t have to give up your bacon or burgers for good, but doing it for one meal a week is a healthy start. Eating more beans, lentils, tofu and tempeh dishes helps increase the fiber in your diet, which Chaudhry says is a heart-healthy nutrient to pay attention to throughout life.
- Upgrade to multipurpose whole grains - Stocking your pantry with whole grains that are versatile like oats, quinoa and brown rice will get more fiber and B vitamins in your diet, too.
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