by Kate Gudorf
With the first days of spring here, we all gladly welcome the longer days, the afternoon sunshine and the beautiful vegetation and spring produce on offer. Spring can also be a time of new life and self reflection. A time when cupboards are cleaned out and old, bad habits reshaped.
Use this time to evaluate your own diet and lifestyle habits. What would you like to achieve over the course of spring? Use the tips below to help guide you in developing new, healthy behaviours for a spring time makeover.
· Instead of relying on winter time comfort foods, begin to experiment with salads. Use lean protein, like tuna, lamb or chicken or legumes and add a variety of fresh, spring time veggies. Experiment with different lettuces, herbs or cabbage and make a homemade salad dressing of fresh lemon or lime juice with extra virgin olive oil and a dap of good quality mustard.
· Attend a farmer’s market and experiment with new produce.
· Have berries or fresh fruits for dessert rather than cake or ice cream. Or experiment with baked fruits, like poached pears, apple crumble or grilled pineapple. See the recipe below for a great gluten-free, vegan dessert.
· Take advantage of the warmer days and take a walk over your lunch break.
· Now that the days are longer, use the extra daylight in the evening to go to the park with friends or family.
· Clean out and organise your pantry. Complete a stocktake of what’s available and make an effort to use up older foods before buying new. Do you have staples on hand so that making dinner is easy? Try to keep things like pasta, rice, quinoa, oats, cereals, tinned legumes and tuna on hand. These foods can make a quick and easy meal when pressed for time.
· Need help re-evaluating your current diet or could you use some inspiration? Speak to a dietitian at Newtown Nutrition.