It’s finally warming up here in the Rocky Mountains which mean flip flops, shorts and tank top season ( at least until we get another spring snow storm). Spring also welcomes the fresh crops to replace the winter protein and carb filled foods that keep us warm all day. So now that we’re done hibernating, its time to clean out the kitchen and start focusing on foods to get us all ready to sport that “teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini.” Below is a list of ways to get ready to welcome spring into your diet.
1. Shop Fresh
Not all grocery stores carry vegetables and fruits that are in season so often the ones in major stores are going to be modified or contain chemicals that won’t help your digestion. Find out which fruits and veggies are in season or visit your local farmers market to buy the freshest produce. Click here for a list of produce and when they are in season.
2. Plant Your Produce
Now is the time to start your own mini green house! Nothing is better than being able to pick your own produce fresh from the ground! Be sure to find produce and herbs that can handle the amount of sun you have available. Some do better in full sun while others need shade to grow. Click here for a list of easy herbs to grow & here for a lot of ideas on easy to grow produce.
3. Check Your Expiration Dates
Winter makes us all hoarders since we never know if we’re going to get snowed in for days on end. Some of the foods we buy can go bad though especially if you’re buying organic or all-natural that don’t have those preservatives for a long shelf-life (which isn’t a bad thing really). Just be sure you’re not digesting anything that has gone bad. Visit www.StillTasty.com to find out how long your food lasts.
4. Replace Your Soups for Salads
Soups are perfect for winter and so easy to make when all we want to do is hide under the covers until the storms pass. Now its time to switch it out. The best salads for meal preps are those with spinach and protein. Cook your meat beforehand and the morning of work simply add a cup of spinach, a few tomatoes and you’re ready to go! For more salad ideas click here!
5. Prepare the Grill & Store the Crockpot
Another meal prep swap! Who doesn’t love grilling on a spring day? We love grilling because we can get outside, throw around the pig skin or do some Body Bar workouts while we cook. Instead of cooking for one meal, throw on a few pounds of chicken to have meals throughout the week. You can even include veggies! Just be sure to clean your grill after each use to avoid chemical build up from the charcoal or gas. Here are some healthy tips on grilling.
How do you get your body ready for spring? Comment below and share your tips or if you have any questions.