With winter well over, we’re dressing lighter, exploring nature, opting for fresher, greener diets. This spring, push yourself to eat healthier, cleanse your body, and give yourself a fresh start. The goal of any cleanse is developing simple daily habits that can be easily converted into a regular part of our lives. Check out our guide on how to eat, drink, and move during your springtime cleanse:
After a long winter of indulging in comfort foods like hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, it’s time to take advantage of the spring season’s fresh produce. With so many seasonal fruits and vegetables, there are a variety of fresh spring recipes to kick off your cleanse. Head over to your local farmers market and look for these delicious options.
Broccoli is a versatile vegetable that is perfect for any dinner table. When picking your broccoli, look for a blue-green color and tightly closed flower heads. These little green “trees” can be roasted, boiled, and sautéed. One of our favorite recipes is the Roasted Salmon and Broccoli with Chile-Caper Vinaigrette. This recipe is chock full of protein, deliciously browned broccoli, and has a kick of spice from the jalapeno peppers. Satisfy your Chinese take-out cravings with this healthy Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. The key ingredient is oyster sauce, which adds a sweet and savory flavor to the recipe. This stir-fry is not only a champion in taste, but also in simplicity and ease.
Grape & cherry tomatoes are packed with flavor and add a pop of color to any dish. Choose tomatoes that are plump and vibrantly colored. Looking for a healthy way to eat pasta? Try making this quick, meatless pasta dish. This Grape Tomato, Olive, and Spinach Pastamakes a great light and healthy lunch. Another great springtime dish is Sautéed Cauliflower & Grape Tomatoes! This paleo, Italian-inspired dish uses tasty pancetta and pairs well with roasted chicken and white fish.
Fresh mixed berries (blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry) are the best way to kick off your new springtime diet. Choose berries that are shiny and vibrantly colored. Avoid berries that show signs of dull or wrinkled skin. Since berries are very delicate, make sure to check the bottom of the container for any damaged berries. Indulge your sweet tooth with these tender Maple Mixed Berry Muffins. These guilt-free muffins make the perfect low-calorie, to-go breakfast. Another deliciously sweet recipe is this Raspberry Coconut Crunch Smoothie Bowl. This simple and delicious smoothie bowl features crunchy shredded coconut bits, English toffee bits, and chopped walnuts.
At the top of our list of healthy drink suggestions is Green Tea. Drinking green tea has proven to lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and lower blood pressure. Green tea is rich in vitamin B, vitamin E, and other antioxidants which are thought to strengthen eye tissues. This zero-calorie drink can be consumed hot or cold.
Another beverage that promotes weight loss is Cranberry Juice. When shopping for cranberry juice, make sure to choose the 100% juice variety and avoid the sugary cocktail variety. High in vitamin C, E, and K, cranberry juice helps to boost your immune system, firm up your skin, increase oral health, and improve bone health.
Aloe Vera is best known for treating skin burns, but drinking the juice of this prickly succulent also has wonderful health benefits. Aloe Vera juice can help treat digestive issues, reduce inflammation, promote weight loss and detoxify the body. This refreshing beverage is perfect for rehydrating your body after heavy exercise.
With the sun shining and breeze blowing, springtime is great for going for a hike or taking a walk outdoors with some friends. For a quick and easy workout, here are a couple basic exercises that will spike your metabolism:
Lunges help to firm your backside and tone your legs. To properly lunge, make sure to keep your upper body straight and keep your head facing forward. Next, step forward with one leg while lowering your hips until both knees form a 90 degree angle. Take smaller steps and keep your weight in your heels to avoid overextending yourself.
Table top sit ups tighten your stomach and are a great alternative to regular sit ups. First, bring both knees together and create a 90 degree angle. Place both hands behind the head and engage your abs as you curl your head and shoulders towards your thighs. Now, lower your upper body back down to the mat with control. The key to this exercise is maintaining control and not digging your chin into your chest.
Step ups are a great way to target your upper hamstrings and backside. Locate a short park bench and place your foot on it. To do a proper step up, your knee should be bent at a 90 degree angle when on top of the bench. Securely place your entire left foot onto the bench and shift your weight to your left heel as you step onto the bench. To complete the exercise, step down with your left foot and return to starting position.